He grew up in Wilton, attended the Dorothy Nolan School, and graduated from Saratoga Springs High School (Lake Avenue) in the sixties. After receiving his teaching degree from SUNY Albany, he moved to the Rochester area to take a high school teaching position, specializing in accounting. While teaching, he authored and published two editions of a recordkeeping and accounting textbook through Houghton Mifflin Company. For that publishing company, he provided educational workshops to teachers in more than twenty-six states throughout the US. During that same time of his life, he also successfully owned and operated a 120 acre farm in the Rochester area. For those of you who know Richard, you know that he loves working. His hard work during the early years of his career was as apparent then as it is today in his second career as a Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker.
What is most important to you about hiring an agent? Can you see the advantages of hiring an agent like Richard who has a proven track record for success across multiple endeavors?
Richard has always been seen as a hard worker, a leader, and as an individual who can be trusted. For example, Richard chose to apply those accounting and finance principles he had been teaching about to an educational administration position. He specialized in overseeing the finance and facilities functions in school districts. His leadership positions included serving as the Assistant Superintendent for Finance at the Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES and the Assistant Superintendent for Business (Chief Financial Officer) of the White Plains Public Schools, a $130 million organization at that time. He retired from WPPS in 2003.
Throughout Richards’s professional career, he served on numerous Boards and committees. For more than a decade, he served on the prestigious New York State Educational Conference Board, which is made up of a select group of school and educational leaders who represent various educational associations throughout the State. Some of the other Boards and committees that he served on include: the Board of Directors for the New York State Association of School Business Officials, the Board of Governors for the New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal, the New York State Education Department Commissioner’s Advisory Council for Finance, the New York State Office of Real Property Services Alliance, and chairing the Statewide Committee for Wicks Reform (a school construction mandate relief initiative).
Considering that your real estate transaction is such a big investment, wouldn’t you feel more comfortable entrusting it to someone who has demonstrated their integrity and trustworthiness throughout their career?
Richard is an avid classic car enthusiast and collector, including vintage race cars. He has put together a race team that participates in the vintage races at Limerock, Connecticut and Watkins Glen. At those races, the team’s driver, Rick Bell, has won many races in Dick’s 1979 Lola Prophet Can-Am car and 1972 DeTomaso Pantera Group 4 racecar. In addition, Richard enjoys hiking in the Adirondacks with his wife, Karen, when time permits.
Buying or selling a home can be a little bit stressful, so wouldn’t it be nice to work with an agent who enjoys life and who can bring some fun into the process?
Although real estate is his second career in terms of being a licensed sales associate, he was involved with various types of real estate transactions in his previous career, as well as in his personal life. He has years of personal experience dealing with various types of investment properties, including homes, large tracts of land and waterfront property. In his first full year as a licensed real estate professional, Realty USA awarded him the “Rookie of the Year” for the Capital Region. According to the National Association of Realtors, the average full-time agent in the industry sells 5 homes a year, and many of these agents have more than 15 years of experience. In just his first year, Richard sold nearly twice as many homes as the average full-time agent. Today, he sells about 5 times as many homes compared to the average agent in the industry.
With Richard’s work ethic and his unprecedented focus to serve his clients well, can you imagine how hard Richar is going to work to get YOU top dollar when you hire him to represent you in selling one of your most valuable assets?