Richard is a partner in the Boston Office of RSM US LLP, the 5th largest US accounting firm, and serves as the firm’s national leader of culture, diversity and inclusion.
He is a graduate of Bentley University, where he obtained both a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in taxation.
Richard was a founding member of Vitale, Caturano and Company (VCC), and led the firm through substantial growth to become the largest independent firm in New England as well as a Top 40 firm in the US. Under his leadership, VCC received numerous awards, including Boston Globe’s “Top 100 Places to Work” list, “#1 Best Place to Work For” by Vault Accounting Guide, and one of the “Best Places to Work” in Massachusetts and Top Charitable Contributors by the Boston Business Journal. In 2010 VCC merged with RSM making the Boston office its third largest office.
Richard is a five time recipient of Accounting Today’s “100 Most Influential People in Accounting” and has been recognized by Winning Workplaces as one of the “Best Bosses” nationwide.
From 2012-2013, Richard served as the 100th Chair of the 400,000 member American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). As AICPA Chair, Richard took on the challenge of the lack of diversity and inclusion in the accounting profession. He helped establish the National Commission on Diversity and Inclusion and has personally delivered the message of diversity and inclusion to tens of thousands of professionals and business leaders. His message has inspired CPA firms across the country to add diversity and inclusion as a top strategic priority, including his own firm, RSM, where he is now the National Leader of Culture, Diversity and Inclusion.
Richard has been active in many professional, charitable and civic organizations, most proudly a past president of the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants and a current board member of the Boston Police Athletic League as well as board member and Treasurer of the Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative (PAARI) in his hometown of Gloucester, MA.