Rich has more than 20 years of diverse C-level experience and expertise in management and operation of small and mid-sized private and public companies. He is an accomplished, multi-disciplined executive with hands-on financial, accounting and general management experience, as well as strong leadership, communications and organizational skills.
Rich’s background encompasses all aspects of corporate financial management and operations, including financial accounting and reporting; financial planning and modeling; complex private equity and debt financing; commercial banking, credit facilities and covenant compliance; financial analysis and budgeting; operations management; treasury, insurance and risk management; strategy formulation and implementation; boards of directors and corporate governance; contract negotiation and legal matters; and human resources, IT and administrative management.
Throughout his career, he has earned an esteemed reputation for his ability to advise stakeholders in a broad range of complex financing and strategic matters, including identifying prospective transaction partners, business valuation, structuring and negotiating transactions, evaluating financing alternatives, equity and debt financing, and business planning and forecasting.
for a private equity-backed, Atlanta-based holding company with operating businesses in Tennessee and Iowa, in which he implemented a cash management and forecasting model, led customer and supplier negotiations during the restructuring phase, and had principal involvement in the separate sales of substantially all the assets and operations of both the Tennessee and the Iowa businesses.
for a private equity-backed digital optic and fire control technology company based in Austin, TX, where he led and coordinated the reorganization and restart of business operations, had principal involvement in negotiating and closing all equity and convertible debt financings, managed all commercial banking relationships, was lead negotiator on all material operating agreements, and had lead involvement in the sale of substantially all the company’s assets, including coordination of negotiations, due diligence and documentation of the asset sale transaction.
for a private equity-backed ophthalmic lens technology company based in Atlanta, GA where he designed and implemented a comprehensive rolling weekly cash flow planning model, and had principal involvement in closing all equity and convertible debt financings.
for a venture-backed wireless telecom equipment technology start-up based in Dallas, TX, in which he led implementation of financial and business systems and controls, had principal involvement in negotiating and closing all equity and debt financings, established and managed all commercial banking relationships, was lead negotiator on all material agreements, and had lead involvement in the sale of substantially all the company’s assets.
of an Austin, TX-based, venture capital-backed telecom software technology start-up, in which he led the new business start-up, including all principal business and administrative functions and processes, had principal involvement in negotiating and closing all venture capital financings, established and managed all commercial banking relationships, led negotiations, due diligence and documentation for the acquisition of mission critical intellectual property assets, and had principal involvement in the sale of substantially all the company’s assets.
of a privately-held, Austin, TX-based direct mail marketing company, in which he instituted a discipline for business planning including establishment of an independent board of directors, developed a comprehensive financial forecasting and analysis model that was instrumental in setting marketing and operations priorities, and conducted an extensive ROI analysis of the company’s marketing programs that resulted in reformulation of marketing strategies.
of a contract electronics manufacturing services company based in Austin, TX, in which he led a successful turnaround from operating losses and negative cash flow to operating profits and positive cash flow, driven by an activity-based costing analysis of the company’s assembly services that resulted in reformulation of pricing policies and marketing priorities, and a company-wide restructuring initiative that improved productivity and product quality through implementation of continuous improvement tools, team-based management methods and lean manufacturing disciplines.
of a suburban Detroit, Michigan-based public company engaged in the design, manufacturing and marketing of electronic vehicle security systems, in which he was principally responsible for financial management and planning, financial reporting and analysis, SEC reporting and compliance, treasury and risk management, and benefits administration. He also led the integration of three previously acquired subsidiaries and managed all commercial banking relationships, credit facilities and related covenant compliance reporting.