Rick’s Value to Companies, Their Boards, and Their Leadership

When important decisions are on the table, Rick brings to the process—clarity of purpose, realistic options, meaningful context, risk assessment, a view from off the boat, access to a large network of resources, and a constructive decision process. And valuable added bandwidth with a CEO and board perspective.

To each company and its leaders, Rick brings his experience founding and operating a successful company and what he has seen and learned as a board member, advisor, and consultant. His work with large and small companies across a wide spectrum of business sectors prepares him to quickly understand the key issues facing company leaders. Rick will help clarify the issues that must addressed, the options available, and the implications of the decision to be made. If specialized expertise is needed, Rick has a large national network on which to draw.

Thought Leader

Rick’s thought leadership articles and blogs with a CEO and board point of view are published nationally and internationally. His book, Create the Future®, presents a structured methodology for defining the problem, clarifying success, developing realistic options, evaluating barriers to achieving success, and making decisions without a big consulting firm price tag.

Building on Rick’s expertise and first-hand observations of top executives in action—Create the Future guides leaders as they define the future for their organization. This leadership guidebook gives you the tools for imagining and choosing the future for your organization and yourself best matching your goals, risk tolerance, and values.

Foundation of Experience

Rick Williams is the founder and Managing Director of Williams Advisory Partners based in Boston.

Rick serves on the board of directors of technology companies usually in the B to B space. He has been board chair for a medical device company—Point Care Technology—with worldwide sales and served as COO and board member of a med therapy company with operations in the US and India. He is on the board of an exciting med tech company—Amorphex Therapeutics—with a drug delivery technology that will replace eye drops for the long-term treatment of glaucoma and other eye diseases. He was also on the board of an early-stage fin-tech company—FairWay Financial US—that promises to dramatically improve the market efficiency of the sale of first issue municipal bonds and other securities. Previously he was board chair of what is now named the Growth Capital Corporation—a Massachusetts-based quasi-public bank and VC firm.

Rick was a founding Partner of the Newport, LLC, board advisory practice in New England. For ten years, he was a management consultant with the global consulting firm Arthur D. Little, Inc. based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. At ADL, Rick lead client assignments on business strategy and acquisitions and directed large cases on the economic and strategic impact of government policy and regulations on process industries such as chemicals and oil and gas and on innovation broadly.

After ADL, Rick founded and was President of The Equity Company, an award-winning multifamily real estate investment and development company. He was elected President of the Harvard Business School Association of Boston. Rick started his career with Itek Corp. developing space and defense related photo & electro/optical systems and published peer-reviewed research on optical system performance. He is a physics graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

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