Richard Mukamal, vice chair

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Richard Mukamal currently serves as Chairman of Crescendo Detroit and Vice Chair of NAESIP. He currently leads the Strategic Management Committee, that is tasked with identifying major initiatives for the association over the next few years.

Richard is a retired former corporate executive, strategy consultant and entrepreneur with over 20 years of sales experience to businesses and consumers both in the United States and internationally. Born in New York City, but raised in Toronto, he is a graduate of Canada’s Western University with a B.A. in Social Science. He began his business career as a District Representative for Abbott Laboratories in Calgary and Vancouver. Following a promotion to Product Manager in Montreal, he worked on consumer products for Abbott while learning to speak French fluently. In 1988, he began work for Corby Distilleries Limited, a subsidiary of Hiram Walker, where he rose quickly through marketing and sales positions to be the chief marketing executive for the $100 million firm. He was transferred to Hiram Walker USA where he served as a Vice President, Marketing.

In 1997, he left Hiram Walker and started The Farmington Group Inc. a consultancy specializing in strategic management. Clients included Novartis Consumer Health (Maalox, Triaminic), Motorola PCS USA, Nissan Canada and Elizabeth Arden Canada. During the “dot com” boom, he created a unique means of leveraging “bricks and mortar” brands onto the internet for consumer packaged goods companies. In 2002, he began working part time in a Toronto based investment company specializing in real estate that he co-owns with his brother. In 2010, he joined Apple Inc. as a Retail store Specialist, adding to his love of Apple technology that he has been informally promoting since the mid 1980’s.

Richard has also devoted considerable time to volunteer work and amateur musical performance. He had been a member of the Sales and Marketing Executives of Detroit, served for several years on his neighborhood residents’ association and for over seven years on the Board of Directors of Temple Shir Shalom, a West Bloomfield based Reform synagogue. He briefly led a parent advocacy group for Farmington Public Schools that promoted stable funding for the school district by the State of Michigan. He is an avid trumpet player and has been a member of the Farmington Community Band for the past five years.

For the past two years, he has worked closely with Damien Crutcher and Frederick Crutcher in creating Crescendo Detroit. He is excited and delighted to play a small role in this great movement.

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