Fort Wayne, Indiana , United States
Sep 30, 2005 06:33pm
|Info||*Mayor of Fort Wayne, IN* |
Fort Wayne native Graham Richard took office as Mayor of Indiana's second largest city on January 1, 2000.
Mayor Richard was born and raised in a family steeped in community service. He is a graduate of North Side High School and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Active community involvement is more than a tradition for Mayor Richard. He believes that by working together we can build a strong community and has proven that theory through his own proud history of civic involvement.
Mayor Richard has served as the President of the Kirkwood Park Association. He has been a board member of Turnstone Center, American Red Cross, Leadership Fort Wayne, Embassy Theatre Foundation, United Way Allocations Division, and the Fort Wayne Ballet. He is a member of Trinity Episcopal Church. A lifelong Fort Wayne resident, Graham lives with his wife in one of the city's lovely, older neighborhoods.
Mayor Richard, an Indiana State Senator from 1974 to 1978, also has served in various capacities in the public sector, including his appointment by the Governor of Indiana as the Chairman of the Indiana Institute for New Business Ventures, the Indiana Human Resources Investment Council and the Governor's Task Force on Small Business.
He served as a member of the Indiana Economic Development Council, Governor's Technology Strategic Planning Council and the Governor's Initiative on Economic Development. As a State Senator, Graham Richard was the Chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee, a member of the Senate Finance and Education committees, and the Chairman of the Select Committee on Government Organization. He served as a member of the Bayh-O'Bannon transition team, and was the Chairman of the Mayor's School Board Members Search Committee.
The Mayor's entire professional life has been spent helping people in business and throughout our community succeed. He was a partner in the firm of Ruffolo Richard LLC, which provides advisory services to business owners in management-led buyouts, capital sourcing and corporate turnaround, where he helped breathe new life into companies through new management, better financing and local leadership. He was the co-owner of Integra Learning Systems, a learning systems development company, where he introduced an exceptional, new way to teach people to read. As the owner of Graham Richard & Associates, he assisted business owners and organization executives for nearly three decades in business management, organizational development and marketing.
He was a developer of the Fort Wayne Enterprise Center, Indiana's first industrial incubator in Indiana's first Urban Enterprise Zone, helping entrepreneurs start and grow their own businesses. He founded the Northeast Indiana Business Assistance Corporation, and was a sponsor of the Small Business Development Center, guiding thousands of clients in business planning, marketing and financing. Mayor Richard was a business network developer originating the Northeast Indiana TQM Network and LEARN (Leadership, Excellence and Resource Network.)
Neighborhood activist. Public Servant. Business owner. Mayor Graham Richard is committed to making Fort Wayne safer, stronger and more successful.