Executive Vice President and chief operations officer
Richard works closely with clients to help achieve their complete satisfaction with every project. He builds long-term customer relationships by helping guarantee that Forest Electric New York (Forest NY) consistently delivers high-performance systems and services.
As head of the project-management department, Richard participates in key project decisions, meets with clients and general contractors, visits jobsites, and maintains continuous communication with project teams. He coordinates project managers, superintendents, field personnel, and the estimating department to help ensure consistently high-quality service delivery, effective working relationships, and productive day-to-day operations.
Richard also plays a vital role in business development, acting as the liaison between clients and the company. In this capacity, he initiates bids, assists with estimate and proposal development, and monitors the proposal presentation, review, and acceptance processes.
Richard began his career in the electrical construction industry in 1989, joining Forest NY as a Project Manager. He handled some of the company's most challenging projects, for leading financial services and healthcare companies—quickly moving up to Vice President of the project management department. In 1998, Richard became the youngest member of Forest NY’s executive committee, to oversee project operations.
Richard left Forest NY in 2005 to head his own company, Fresh Meadow Communications and Electrical Contracting. During his tenure there, he oversaw all aspects of the company, from business development to project delivery. In 2010, he rejoined Forest NY as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer.
Richard holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration degree with a specialty in finance from Fordham University. He is a member of the National Electrical Contractors Association.
Richard spends his free time with his wife and three children. He plays golf, skis, and participates in his children’s activities. Richard is also involved with various philanthropic and charitable organizations.