Founder and President
“I am a big believer in growth. Life is not about achievement, it’s about learning & growth, developing qualities like compassion, patience, perseverance, love and joy.” – Jack Canfield
A recognized expert in leadership coaching and development and author of Small Shifts Toward Collaborative Freedom, Richard founded Soundboard Consulting Group in 2000 to support business leaders in building more productive and profitable companies through the ideals of collaborative leadership. With more than 25,000 hours of coaching experience, Richard is trained in Advanced Facilitation, Conflict Resolution and Executive Coaching. His strategic insights come from starting three companies and consulting over 250 businesses throughout the last 30 years. Richard earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Masters in International Finance from New York University.
In Richard’s Words:
I always knew I had an ability to foster strong honest dialogue among people with diverse interests and experiences. When I founded Soundboard in 2000 I knew I found my life’s calling. I have a strong passion to guide groups and help people gain clarity around important decisions. My extensive coaching and facilitation skills combined with a lifetime of business experience gives me a unique ability to support fellow business owners in their quest to build more profitable companies.
Over the last 39 years, my business ventures have spanned a wide range of industries. From building a wholesale/retail chocolate business in the mid 1980s, managing a commodities trading firm in the 1990s and partnering to found the Soundboard Angel Fund alongside the consulting firm in 2011. Most recently I am very proud to see the entrepreneurial spirit take place in my daughter’s dessert kitchen, Vanillamore. My early international banking career and advanced business degrees bring a strong financial perspective to our clients. All of this experience, along with years of building my own businesses gives me the ability to empathize with the challenging journey faced by our clients.
It is my daily goal to learn something new. I am an aggressive listener and love to meet new people and hear their perspectives. Everyone has a story and something to teach us. As leaders we need to embrace the full potential of our people and not place limits on their success.
It has been exciting to build Soundboard into a company that serves our client’s desire to become stronger, more “leadership-focused” companies. As President of Soundboard, I am proud of our team and the passion they have for our clients. They exemplify the core values of our organization by guiding our clients to leverage strengths, foster learning, listen to all perspectives, and develop authentic leadership practices.
Richard is also available for speaking engagements. Please contact to inquire further.
Richard Recommends Reading:
Leadership & Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box by The Arbinger Institute
Presence by Peter Senge
Built to Last by Jim Collins
Three Signs of a Miserable Job by Pat Lencioni