About Richard Rivette

CREATING SOMETHING FROM NOTHING

  • Grew up in rural area, with a single mother during the 1960s, helping raise a younger brother in less than ideal circumstances.
  • Studied to excel and gain scholarships during secondary school – winning awards for language, art, science, and lettering in debate.
  • Worked from age 13 as a janitor, dishwasher, later as a busboy and prep cook in restaurants his entire youth.
  • In high school founded the school newspaper and built a graphic arts shop for which he won an award from the Western Publishing Company.
  • Earned a Governor’s Art award and had his work on display in the state legislature.
  • Took charge of advertising sales to fund the class yearbook since the school had no funds during an austerity budget crisis.
  • Produced live entertainment to raise money to help fund the sports programs.
  • Worked to attend college in New York, studying marketing, communications, and advertising, while living in the South Bronx helping to care for his elderly blind grandmother – whose family immigrated legally to this country in 1905-1908.
  • Learned about issues facing disabled seniors at that time.
  • In Florida, he pursued a career in advertising, marketing and communications, first for smaller firms, then, securing a position with a national firm that had contracts with NASA and the Space Shuttle. Unfortunately, shortly after his arrival the company experienced 75% job losses due to executive mismanagement.
  • Using the layoff as a springboard, he launched his own company and began cultivating clients in the region, and ultimately throughout the United States and Caribbean.
  • When starting his first company, he had to finance equipment at 24% interest, so he understands where our current economy is headed, if we do not make haste in correcting the situation.
  • As a creative director, he also wrote and produced music for professional stage productions and served as technical director for over 120 regional shows over a five-year period.
  • Over the following 30-year period he served as a consultant over a wide range of marketing, research, planning and communications projects in two dozen industrial categories including manufacturing, financial, insurance, healthcare, environmental engineering, telecommunications, construction, real estate, travel & tourism, computer software, housewares, publishing, retail furniture, health products, appliances, apparel, food products and more.
  • In the early 1980s, at the beginning of the computer revolution, Richard Rivette became an evangelist supporting Apple and the proliferation of laser digital composition and document creation using the newly introduced Macintosh. He studied the adaptability and interface of the computers, mating them with the compositing systems to create a laser printer driver for a private printing company.
  • At this time, he added computer networking and software instruction to his repertoire working on the presentation for IBM as it introduced the first LAN.
  • He steadily gained a client list as he assisted small to medium size businesses to convert to the information age.
  • Among these business leaders, he found mentors. As he educated them on computers, networking and provided his creative talents to write, design and produce their materials, he gained an expanded education on business, industry, and the importance of capitalism by many people who grew something from nothing.
  • In the late 1980s, he began his education in environmental issues and regulations while working with clients involved in remediation of toxic waste and issues surrounding major pipelines.
  • During this time, he helped a large multi-national environmental engineering firm to secure a one hundred million dollar proposal. This spear-headed a life-long interest and concern for keeping our environment clean and balancing the needs of business with those of our ecosystems.

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One can decide to regress or move ahead. I choose to progress, but without a valid direction, support and guidance from experienced leadership like mine, we risk more bureaucracy and less freedom in our daily lives.
- Richard Rivette