Richmond (Rick) Y. Holden, Jr
Has held several Senior Leadership positions at School Specialty, Educators Publishing and J.L. Hammett Co.in his 30 years of work in the Education Industry. Formerly, Executive Vice President of School Specialty Inc., a distributor of school supplies, equipment and curriculum products and President of the Curriculum Group, a division of School Specialty Inc., 2013-2014. He was President of Educational Resources, a division of School Specialty Inc., from 2010 to 2013. Mr. Holden joined School Specialty Inc. in 2007 as President of Educators Publishing Services.
He served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of J.L. Hammett Co., a reseller of educational, curriculum, equipment, and products from 1992 to 2006. Mr. Holden serves on the Board of several companies; Acme United (ACU) a leader & innovator in the office products, first aid, and sporting goods markets, Software Secure (recently sold) a technology company focused on Higher Education exam monitoring & tracking, and a leading Charter School in Boston, MA - the Codman School – he has senior executive management experience in large complex companies in the business & educational markets.
As a result of his experience with School Specialty Inc., a $650 million publicly held reseller of educational products, Mr. Holden has extensive knowledge of educational markets, and operational matters relating to building strategy & growth, finance, marketing, sales, technology, sourcing, pricing and distribution.
Stimulating (Innovation & Sales), Transforming (systems & structure), Generating (revenue), Redeploying (company assets – where needed), and Maximizing (customer relationships) while creating a team of focused executives and employees have been important parts of his efforts as a chief executive.