Richard J. Bryan took the reins of a 100 year old, $120 million, family owned car and truck dealership in the UK at the ripe young age of 28 after his father was forced to retire due to sudden illness. That in itself was a challenge; but even worse, the business was losing $3.5 million a year and there was no leadership succession plan in place.
After a challenging start and lots of mistakes, Richard hired a seasoned executive and business turnaround specialist named Frank to help him with his new-found career. With Frank's help Richard was able to clearly define his role as a leader, forge a team of trusted A-Players while learning the vital art of leadership succession planning. Ultimately, the business was able to survive and thrive in a highly competitive industry where it achieved outstanding growth and profitability.
Richard was CEO of the dealership group for 10 years before selling the business via a successful trade sale and embarking upon a new career. Richard is now an in demand keynote speaker, executive coach and author who shares his experience with business owners and leaders. The leadership and succession planning strategies he offers have proven to be the driving force behind his continued professional success. He is a Professional member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and a former Board Member of NSA Colorado.
Richard is based in Evergreen, Colorado where he and his wife are empty nesters – his teenage daughter and son are both attending universities in California! He still travels regularly to his hometown of Bristol, England where he owns and operates a commercial real estate business.