Richard has been an auto enthusiast since the age of two, when his dad taught him the difference between a Chevy and a Ford. After a childhood spent building car models while his siblings watched TV, he decided to make a career of it, working for several Volvo and Acura dealerships before accepting a position at Volvo Cars North America, the company’s U.S. importer. During his 23-year career there, Richard held a variety of service and technical positions, and especially enjoyed working directly with the Swedes during multiple visits to the home country.
While his career was in full swing, he also dove head-first into the collector car hobby, buying his first collectible, a 1957 Ford Skyliner retractable hardtop, two months after graduating college. A number of domestic and import hobby cars have passed through his hands, but his proudest achievement was his five-year restoration of a 1957 BMW Isetta, which then went on to earn multiple awards at various car shows on the East Coast.
At present, to satisfy his love of anything Italian, he owns a 1967 Alfa Romeo Giulia coupe. On the infrequent occasions when the Alfa is being serviced, he enjoys his first-generation Mazda Miata (but both get stored away during winters). Richard is also passionate about music, especially classic rock and especially the Beatles. Having taken up the drum set as an instrument as a child (inspired by Ringo), he somehow also managed to fit weekend drumming gigs into his schedule, an exhausting hobby from which he now considers himself retired.