Rich served as President, CEO and owner of DMA (headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, with offices in Florida and Vancouver B.C., Canada) since founding the company to its sale to The Riverside Company ($7 billion global private equity firm headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, which invests in companies valued up to $400 million) and up through transition in 2015, when Rich left DMA. Rich also served as head of the DMA Think Tank. DMA is a premier provider of integrated cloud technology database systems in the U.S. and Canada for financial services companies for management, finance, marketing, and sales analytics, focused on new measures for risk and profitability management. DMA recently acquired Baker Hill (headquartered in Carmel, Indiana), also in the financial industry providing a variety of risk and financial management tools which complement DMA's product lines. Although DMA was the acquirer, it now operates under the Baker Hill brand.
Rich now provides expertise, time and resources for not-for-profit activities. Through his charitable giving fund, Rich is involved in many charitable organizations that focus on LGBTQ people, women, people of color, non-Christian religious minorities, immigrants and other minority groups, as well as animal rights and rescue. From time-to-time, Rich writes for his own blog (RichPost at www.richweissman.blogspot.com or link through this site on the RichPost Blog page) and has contributed many articles to HuffPost, with an analytic focus on social and political issues, and reviews film and live theater from a social science perspective. He is a member of NLGJA (National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association) for LGBTQ journalists.
Rich is involved in music and entertainment. He performs vocally and is a current member of Modern Men Chorus in Palm Springs (and he sung in the Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus and at other venues) and had performed stand-up comedy while in college. He is currently working on producing an original musical for which he wrote the book (dialogue and lyrics). Rich and J.D. are members of Congregation Sherith Israel, a progressive synagogue in San Francisco.
Prior to DMA/Baker Hill, Rich was Senior Vice President, Marketing Director at three large, global institutions: Bank of America, US Bank, and National Westminster Bank USA, as well as working in market research in the packaged goods industry for EMA Research and Consulting. His expertise is in the area of cloud technology-based "big data" and artificial intelligence database systems through data integration, and statistical and behavioral modeling.
Over his career, he pioneered and managed a variety of financial, risk management, database, delivery channel, marketing, sales, pricing, branding, and public relations functions. Rich's work has been recognized internationally, and he is known as one of the nation's experts in the financial services industry for cutting-edge thought leadership in sophisticated cloud technology-based "big data" concepts. As a leading expert in the area of profitability integration for finance, marketing, and sales, he is an in-demand expert and motivational speaker at many top-tier conferences and conventions. Rich's work has been noted in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Business Week, and a multitude of other leading industry publications. As a prolific researcher and writer, he has authored many articles, research and white papers.
Although living on the west coast for many years, Rich was born and raised in New York. He completed his Ph.D. coursework at New York University in quantitative analysis and statistics in the social sciences, and he has Master’s degrees in both sociology and psychology, coupled with post-graduate studies at New York University’s School of Business, focused on research and analysis. He also completed the Marketing Management Program at Stanford University. Rich holds many academic awards, including Phi Beta Kappa and Psi Chi, and he completed his B.A. Summa Cum Laude at New York University in the social sciences. As part of his graduate training in psychology, Rich worked as an intern in the Psychiatric Division of Hillside-LIJ Hospital, working with adolescents with a variety of psychiatric diagnoses. Rich's thesis focused on mulit-variate statistical interactionism as a new paradigmic foundation in psychiatry, for understanding and assessing mental illness.
Rich lived in Israel after graduating high school, and he completed the Mechina Preparatory Program at Tel Aviv University and his first year undergraduate studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Rich grew up in Roslyn Heights, Long Island, New York, and graduated from the Wheatley High School, Long Island, New York.
Rich is married to J.D. (Jack Douglas) Horn, author of the international, Wall Street Journal best-selling and highly acclaimed "Witching Savannah" series, published by 47North (publishing division of Amazon), with the initial book in the series first released in 2014 in the U.S. The series consists of four books: "The Line", "The Source", "The Void", and "Jilo" (the prequel to the series). This Southern Gothic Fantasy series centers on a contemporary family of powerful witches in Savannah, Georgia, faced with a murder that reveals the dark past of their origins. The books have been given top reviews worldwide, and have been featured at BEA (BookExpo America), New York Comic Con (2014, 2015, 2016), Emerald City Comic con (2018), Berlin Book Fair, London Book Fair, and many other prestigious venues. The series is consistently among the top selling novels in the genre throughout the world in both the U.S. and many other international English-speaking and non-English speaking markets. The books are currently translated in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Turkish and Russian, and the books are being translated for release into other languages. Another novel by J.D., "Shivaree", was also published by 47North and was introduced at the 2015 New York Comic Con. The book takes place in a small town in Mississippi in the 1950's in which vampires come to inhabit. J.D. also writes short stories, and his short story "Pretty Enough To Catch Her" was published in "The Mammoth Book of Southern Gothic Romance" in 2014. J.D. has another published short story entitled "Pitch" which was recently released in the "Phantasma" collection and "Peculiar Paradise" published in "Unnerving Magazine".
J.D.'s latest books are a new three-book series entitled "Witches of New Orleans", also published by 47North with the first book in the series, "The King of Bones and Ashes", released in January, 2018. It has already received wonderful reviews and national acclaim in many prestigious literary publications and venues, and has quickly become a best-seller. The second book in the series, "The Book of the Unwinding" was recently released in June, 2018. The last book, "The Final Days of Magic", will be released later in 2019. J.D. speaks at many national and international writers' conferences and conventions, as well as at New York and Emerald City Comic Con. International ThrillerFest in NYC, and other venues. J.D. is represented by his agent, Janet Reid of New Leaf Literary, NYC.
J.D. was raised in rural Tennessee, and has since lived in many cities in the world, including Chicago, Hollywood, Paris, Tokyo, and Seattle. He studied comparative literature as an undergraduate at Lake Forest College, focusing on French and Russian literature. He also holds an M.B.A. in international business from the Monterey School of International Business, and he worked in finance, international mergers/acquisitions, and purchase accounting in large organizations including Microsoft, Banfield, and others before becoming a novelist. He now devotes his full-time to writing. He also has race bibs from two full marathons and about thirty half marathons. J.D. is pursuing another dream of his, as he completes his M.F.A. (Master's in Fine Arts) Program at the University of California-Riverside, focused on genre fiction writing.
For more information on J.D.'s books, go to:
http://www.amazon.com/J.D.-Horn/e/B00FDZMK0U/. (and Facebook.com/jackdouglashorn andTwitter@authorjdhorn)
Rich and J.D. currently live in their residences in Palm Springs (California), San Francisco (California) and Black Butte Ranch (Central Oregon). They are the proud parents of their two accomplished daughters, Rebecca and Madeline, both of whom graduated law school in May, 2018, and successfully passed the California Bar in July, 2018. Rebecca completed the joint Law/M.B.A. Program at Northwestern Law School/Kellogg Business School, Chicago (Illinois); Madeline completed the Law Program at University of California - Hastings Law School, San Francisco (California). Both Rebecca and Madeline are living in California and working as attorneys in large law firms. Rich and J.D. are also pet parents for Kirby, a 6-pound rescue Chihuahua.
Rebecca (left) and Madeline (right) in San Francisco
in their law graduation gowns
J.D. (center left) and Rich (center right)
with their Israeli guides in Jerusalem, Israel