“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.” – Winston Churchill
Richard grew up with a single mother in the Midwest and learned at an early age what underscores the adage of “respect is earned, not given.” Hard work, determination, and effort are valuable traits that have been instilled in him since childhood and what he believes have set him up for his career achievements. Richard brings to Savant Growth a successful career in the professional services industry including roles at Deloitte and KPMG in their audit and advisory businesses focusing on investment management and banking clients in New York and London. After seven years, he then joined the Chief Investment Office at Merrill Lynch, where he spent five years conducting operational due diligence on alternative investment managers and their private funds across all asset classes and strategies. Most recently, Richard was the Head of Finance and Operations and Chief Compliance Officer at PowerPlant Partners where he was responsible for institutionalizing its infrastructure as the first back-office hire in the firm’s history.
Richard now serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of Savant Growth. In his role, Richard manages the finance, operations, and compliance functions of Savant, assists the Managing Partners with serving our investors, and works with our underlying portfolio companies as their needs arise. Richard attended The Ohio State University where he double majored in Accounting and Finance and minored in Economics.
When he’s not enjoying time with his wife and playground-hopping with his joyful (and often mischievous) two young children, or exploring new corners of the world, he can be found on a golf course trying to perfect his imperfect golf game.