Richard Barnett leads the team at Blue Slate, and also spearheads Board and Investor Relations. Since co-founding the company in June of 2000, he has guided the growth and success of our team. Drawing on his operational expertise, he has been the driving force behind sustainable, profitable development at Blue Slate. During his tenure as CEO, he has successfully secured outside investment to lead the team to double digit year-over-year growth and exponential team expansion. Rick also expanded the Board of Directors to ensure outside control of the executive team.
Rick's dedication to operational excellence and customer success has served as a model for many areas at Blue Slate. He draws on broad leadership experiences in finance, operations, mergers and acquisitions, business planning, business measurement and business development in order to design high quality, measurable business processes. Rick utilizes a quantitative approach and emphasizes communication to drive positive change in both Blue Slate and client engagements. Clients rely on Rick for his decisiveness, negotiation skills and ability to build and lead teams in high-demand, high-performance environments.
Prior to joining Blue Slate, Rick worked for 13 years in management spanning Fortune 10 companies, public accounting, and start-up firms. At GE Energy, Rick progressed through increasingly responsible positions culminating with leading a $400 million dollar global business as the Manager of Finance. His other experiences included cost accounting for a multi-billion dollar manufacturing division, process integration of a $2 billion foreign acquisition, financial leadership for a $300 million manufacturing and engineering division, and multiple special assignments including purchasing two competitive businesses. Rick began his career as an auditor, and subsequently a Senior Auditor with Ernst & Young. There he was engaged with manufacturing, banking, healthcare and public sector industries.
Rick is a Cum Laude graduate of Siena College with a BS in Business Administration, and is a Certified Public Accountant in New York State.
At A Glance
- Finance and Operations
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Opportunity Analysis and Identification
- Strategy Planning and Design
- Contract Negotiation
- Organizational Design
- Change Management
Degrees / Certifications
- Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Siena College
- Certified Public Accountant in New York State