Richard Bird’s inspirations are as varied as Ernest Hemingway, Theodore Roosevelt and Magic Johnson. Not for their most commonly acknowledged and respective skills and contributions as an author, a politician or a professional athlete but for their passionate pursuit of life outside of the boundaries of their collective talents. Hemingway’s journey to Spain and active participation in bringing the atrocities of war to the attention of the American public. Roosevelt’s nearly obsessive drive to explore, many times far beyond the limit of his physical capabilities and health. And Magic Johnson’s unfailing optimism and dogged determination to make the broader community and global neighborhood healthier, happier and financially stable.
Richard grew up the son of a boat captain and fisherman; in a small community on the shore of Lake Erie. The lessons learned in this awesome environment, whether in the school that housed everyone from kindergarten to 12th grade in the same building or at his father’s side being trained in the business of being a fishing guide are ones he continues to carry with him to this day. Richard started his adventures early, moving from that fishing boat to college and then on to being an Army paratrooper. After leaving the service, he had a rocky start in establishing a career but then found his calling in the world of technology. He is now a senior executive in information security and has held several executive roles in the US and abroad. He unsuccessfully ran for elected office twice, but used those experiences to become an effective community activist, serving on several non-profit boards and advocating for causes in the arts, health and education. Richard blogs about the things he is passionate about; how individuals interact with each other, trying to get into shape and figuring out how to live a maximized life in the few days we are all allotted on earth. He blogs and speaks on the subject of civility (www.collapseofcivility.com) and is called upon frequently to speak on subjects as wide ranging as cybersecurity, project management, future trends in technology and civic duty. If you would like to connect with Richard, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. He is available for speaking engagements as well as the occasional CrossFit workout as he travels around the globe.