Richard was born and raised in New York state. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University in Connecticut in 1980 and moved to Nevada in early 1981. He worked initially for Houston Oil and Minerals (subsequently Tenneco Minerals) as a mine geologist at the Manhattan and Borealis mines for five years. He then completed an additional five-year period with Western Gold Exploration and Mining Company (WestGold) doing reconnaissance gold exploration in the Walker Lane. Following WestGold, Richard worked for the next seven years with Pegasus Gold Corporation. Duties included generative gold exploration domestically and internationally as well as near mine exploration in Montana (Beal Mountain) and Nevada (Florida Canyon). Richard went on to work at Newmont Mining Corporation. During his twenty-one years with Newmont he was a Senior Geologist, Nevada Exploration Manager and Exploration Business Development Manager for North America. Richard completed his Newmont career as the Chief Geologist of North America. Richard is now semi-retired but is affiliated with several Canadian junior companies.