Rich understands the impact of technology on enterprise value – and also the potential for creating new value through technology. That’s because he’s been there and done that. He led an enterprise technology transformation initiative for a digital media company that increased production capacity by 400%.
His primary focus is providing technology expertise to our Mergers & Acquisitions clients to support development of investment theses, technology due diligence, and post-close integration and value creation. He draws on his 20-year career in technology to assess product architecture, design, scalability, and growth potential.
His M&A transaction experience spans both the buy-side and sell-side. He has performed dozens of technology due diligence assessments in the digital marketing, healthcare, financial services, consumer products, and education sectors on behalf of strategic buyers and private equity firms.
Rich has a strong entrepreneurial spirt, having co-founded and served as a chief technology officer of brightroom. He helped grow the company from an angel-funded start-up to a successful private equity exit. He holds degrees and physics and economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
When Rich is not at work, he is likely to be running on one of the hundreds of miles of trails in the mountains near his home north of San Francisco. He has completed more than 50 ultra-marathons, including two finishes at the prestigious Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run and top-ten finishes at the Tahoe Rim Trail 50 Mile and Headlands Hundred Mile races.
Rich brings his passion for health and wellbeing to the office, where he is the fitness/wellness chief and organizes monthly activities that promote healthy lifestyles. He also sits on our Inclusion & Diversity Council, helping combat unconscious biases and encourage diverse perspectives that can lead to deeper relationships and greater creativity across the organization.
He serves his community through coaching youth sports, including sand volleyball, basketball, baseball, and cross-country teams.