When Richard was in the seventh grade in Albany, NY, he won his first public speaking contest, was in his first musical and has been speaking and singing ever since. He received an AAS degree in Electrical Engineering/Technology from Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY. After being accepted as a transfer student at Rochester Institute of Technology to pursue his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, he knew in his heart engineering was not for him. He chose not to attend and at the age of twenty-two was selling the Dale Carnegie Course. Over the next thirty years, his work in management (sales, hotel and credit) helped develop a keen empathy for and a genuine sensitivity to the human spirit. In 1996, he decided to transform his speaking and singing avocation into his true career. Since then, he has presented over 3,500 speaking, wellness and singing programs to corporations, associations, churches, school districts, healthcare facilities and retirement communities.
Imagine being a Speaker, Singer and Emcee and being diagnosed with throat cancer. When Richard got the diagnosis, he immediately started to laser focus on six qualities he felt would get him through his cancer crisis. He realized sometime later that those six qualities comprise an acronym for the word "CANCER" and can get one through virtually any crisis. His crisis lasted a year before he was back speaking, singing, emceeing and even dancing.
Richard revitalizes workplaces that have fallen into a lack of energy and commitment to do the job. He accomplishes this through highly experiential, interactive and transformational keynotes, workshops, seminars, retreats and musical programs. He immediately connects with his audiences, engages them and moves them to understanding that it's not the job they do, but how they approach their job that brings the energy for them to enjoy it. Most people are trying to get joy out of the functionality of their jobs, not the way they approach their jobs. His programs lead them to focus on the way they approach their jobs. All of Richard's speaking programs can be customized and delivered as a keynote, seminar, workshop, breakout or concurrent. His programs are also available to Healthcare Professionals for Continuing Education Units.
As a singer, he offers four highly interactive and fun-filled musical programs. He also emcees all types of special events. Whether he is speaking, performing or emceeing, he is totally focused on making his audience members the "STARS."
Richard is the author of two books, "The Joy Quotient – Discover Your Joy Level And Be Inspired By 101 Photoquotes About Joy". "The Joy Quotient" was an "Award-Winning Finalist in the 'Self-Help: Journals & Quotes' category of The 2013 USA Best Book Awards, sponsored by USA Book News. His second book is, "Tweak Your Week – An Inspirational Weekly Acronym to Self-Mastery." "Tweak Your Week," is great for journaling, doodling, staff meetings, masterminds etc.
A.A.S. degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. Over 30 years experience in Management (Sales, Hotel and Credit) Graduate of Speakers Academy, Dallas, TX. Former student of Zig Ziglar and Zig's mentor, Fred Smith of Huntington, TN.