Rich is a founding partner of ModernThink LLC, a management consulting firm that specializes in organization culture, employee engagement and workplace quality. ModernThink co-founded the Great Colleges to Work For® program in partnership with The Chronicle of Higher Education and has determined over fifty other “Best Place to Work” programs across the country. Previously, Rich was a Senior Consultant at the Great Place to Work Institute, the organization responsible for Fortune magazine’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list.
Rich’s passion for helping organizations develop their potential is complemented by his extensive experience helping individuals and teams understand workplace dynamics. Rich has been consulting with companies on organization culture, strategic planning, and group dynamics since 1992. Rich has worked with a wide range of clients including healthcare organizations, educational institutions, and numerous Fortune 500 companies.
As ModernThink’s top subject matter expert for the Great Colleges program, Rich is widely regarded as a national thought leader on workplace quality within higher education. He has co-authored the 2009-2016 Higher Education Workplace Trend Reports. Rich has also been a featured speaker and/or panelist at the following higher education conferences: NACUBO (National Association of College and University Business Officers); ACE (American Council on Education); AAC&U (Association of American Colleges and Universities); CUPA-HR National; CUPA-HR-Regionals; NCCI (National Consortium for Continuous Improvement in Higher Education); and the Rural Community College Alliance. Other speaking engagements related to enhancing workplace quality include the American Bar Association’s Annual Conference and numerous presentations to state SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) chapters including those in Colorado, Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and West Virginia.
Rich holds a B.S. degree in business focused on Management Information Systems and Marketing from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.