Rich cofounded Infinite Energy over 20 years ago, and the company now employs a team of 300. He feels the impact is beyond the company itself, as it has helped each employee family make improvements in their lives from financial planning to better wellness. The company has also created an official executive mentorship group to create its next generations of leaders. From a community perspective, Infinite Energy has pledged $50,000 over a five-year period to the Alachua County Schools’ robotics program. Rich serves on the boards of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, the UF Health Center for Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration, the Young Presidents’ Organization and the Eagles Entrepreneurship Group. In 2012, he founded the Young Peer Mentorship Group in Gainesville to build a support system for young entrepreneurs.
Rich says his greatest accomplishment is being a father; he has seen his two children grow into fine adults and is unbelievably proud.
Key passions for Rich are mentorship and helping new ideas and businesses grow. He feels that the fastest way to becoming a better leader is through peer mentorship. Rich says that mentoring others and watching them achieve their goals and aspirations is one of the most rewarding pursuits he knows — it’s a real privilege to follow the journeys of people realizing their dreams.
Gainesville’s opportunities are absolutely limitless according to Rich. He feels the pursuit of integration between the business community and local government will make it easier for businesses to start in Gainesville and stay in Gainesville. Rich is motivated by the strides made by the Innovation Hub, and by Dr. Owen Roberts, Alachua County Schoolboard Superintendent, and his new initiative for 100 percent graduation — new ventures and a new workforce coming to support them.
Rich attended Littlewood Elementary School as a young child growing up right here in Gainesville, and as part of giving back to the community, Infinite Energy donated a playground to the school. He likes to think there is a child playing on it right now who will decide to build the next school playground when he or she grows up.