We came to Richard facing a very difficult, unfriendly acquisition by a major supplier. From the beginning it was clear that our only course of action was to preserve as much of our company's value as possible. Richard did an excellent job of keeping us focused through trying times and suggested creative ways around the acquirer's Board demands, thereby restoring many of the take-aways that disappeared between the original and the final offers. Richard is full of integrity and was a calm presence through the entire process with the bonus of a good sense of humor that was often called upon.