An avid entrepreneur finds his happy place watching the sun set over the Pacific Ocean.
Right out of college, Richard and a couple of his fraternity brothers started the Cask and Cleaver chain of steak houses in California. They were young and committed to working long hours for several years to see the chain grow to 30 restaurants and finally sold the business.
Later on, Richard and some colleagues set out to recreate their previous success with another restaurant group, “But second time around it failed. I learned that you can’t always come back because things change in your life. You get married, you have children, you have people tugging at you to come home. The difference in time and dedication everyone was willing to contribute at such pivotal points in their lives was apparent,” remembers Richard.
But failure didn’t discourage Richard. He and his partners decided to change tactics and went into the food manufacturing business making soups, salad dressing and sauces for restaurants and caught the eye of Heinz. The condiment giant bought the business for a hefty profit back in 2001.
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