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Investment Banker, Entrepreneurial Leader & UVC Board Member
Richard started as an investment banker in Merrill Lynch’s mergers and acquisitions department in the mid-’80s. He spent most of his career in venture capital as a partner in several New York City-based funds affiliated with Lepercq, de Neuflize, Hudson Ventures and Village Ventures. He now works directly with entrepreneurs and businesses owners as a financial advisor with a leading securities firm.
He was an adjunct professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he taught entrepreneurship. He co-founded and was president of Digital Rochester and was an original board member of the Greater Rochester Enterprise. He started RochesterGrowth, a community of regional entrepreneurs, and RochesterCFO, a community of regional financial executives. He also served as a board member of the Venture Investors Association of New York, Upstate Venture Association of New York and as annual giving chair of Haverford College.
Richard currently serves on the Rochester Angel Network Board of Directors, Saunders College of Business at RIT’s Dean’s Advisory Council, the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Working Group, and Rochester Startup Weekend’s Planning Committee. He serves as a mentor to numerous start-ups. He is also an organizer, instructor and mentor for HTR LaunchPad, an accelerator that uses “lean start-up” to foster development of new companies.
He graduated Haverford College and received a Masters degree from Columbia University’s School of International Affairs, specializing in international business. He attended the London School of Economics and studied Chinese at Middlebury College.