Chairman of the Board
A committed believer in the vitality of entrepreneurship, Richard’s career has been focused on the creative development of the business enterprise. His vast experience in a wide range of creative business initiatives across multi-functional disciplines serves as a valuable resource to many business and community involvements.
A successful career in growing his small family-owned business from $2 million in annual sales to greater than $100 million in the challenging industrial fabrics industry.
Served as CEO of Seaman Corporation from 1976 - 2015 and increased its size by more than ten-fold.
Has developed and implemented many successful business processes that contributed to Seaman Corporation’s profitable growth.
A robust Strategic Planning Process that engages his management team in identifying growth opportunities and implementing successful strategies to achieve growth objectives.
The development of a CARE Quality Initiative process that focuses on the customer and provides best-in-class quality and service.
Supported implementation of LeanSigma® throughout the entire organization which not only reduces waste, but increases organizational capability. In 2012, Seaman Corporation was presented the “Perfect Engine” award by TBM Consulting, its highest LeanSigma recognition.
Management succession planning that meets on a semi-annual basis and aligns management growth and development with strategic objectives.
A family business succession planning process that focuses on family stewardship and uses an active shareholder model to assure successful multi-generation ownership succession.
Served as a Director of FirstMerit bank, an $11 billion leading regional institution in Northeast Ohio. Served on the Audit and Compensation Committees for more than ten years and was actively engaged as a Board Member during the 2008-09 financial crises.
Serves as a Trustee of the College of Wooster and of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA.
Is a Trustee and Secretary/Treasurer of the Morgan Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to strengthening the free enterprise system by investing in organizations and institutions that foster the entrepreneurial spirit.
Is a founding member of the Vinyl Building Council, a public advocacy group supporting the performance values of the vinyl polymer in the construction industry
Recognized in 2012 as an Honored Life Member of the Industrial Fabrics Association International for his lifelong contribution to the industry.
Was appointed in 2012 as a Commissioner to Ohio’s Third Frontier program, a multi-million dollar economic initiative investing in the creation of a statewide technology focused entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Stays engaged with the global economic issues and leading edge business thinking by annually attending the CEO Harvard program that engages 150 CEO’s from around the world.