Marden-Kane Employee Spotlight on Alan Richter

This month we continue our year-long series of in-depth interviews with Marden-Kane employees. Next up is the man behind the scenes, CFO Alan Richter. Like Fae Savignano, Alan has been at MK for quite a few years — he will celebrate his 31st anniversary with Marden-Kane this year.

Marden-Kane CFO Alan Richter

What is Your Role at Marden-Kane?

“As the CFO/GM of Marden-Kane Digital Promotions (New York and Chicago) my primary role for the past 31 years has been to provide and develop financial well-being for our Company. And you can also add CCBW (Chief Cook and Bottle Washer) to my title, since there’s not much that I haven’t done!”

What Were Your Biggest Accomplishments at Marden-Kane?

“Like every business, there are good years and bad years and I am proud that I was able to help provide rewards to everyone in the good years and help sustain the rough years with little pain.

Winning an award from a Vendor for single handedly negotiating terms far in excess of the actual credit required.”

What are your favorite memories from Marden-Kane?

“Knowing and working for Dick Kane, which only 2 other current MKD employees have had the pleasure to experience.

Being personally responsible for pre-selecting the yearly $10,000,000 winner for American Family Publishers knowing that was one of the largest prizes available in any sweepstakes. During my tenure, I have awarded hundreds of millions in Checks and Rebates.

Our 40th Anniversary Cruise which I coordinated and planned every facet of; from soup to nuts. P.S. Fun was had by all and I have the pictures to prove it.”

Tell Us Some Things Most People Don’t Know About You.

“Would you believe that in my younger days I performed on the amateur stage? Yes, you heard me correctly I was a song and dance man. My credits included “Fiddler on the Roof”’ “Anything Goes”; “West Side Story”; and last but not least, as the rock-and-roll icon Conrad Birdie in “Bye, Bye Birdie”.

I am a super fan of reality TV; especially Survivor, The Amazing Race and The Bachelor.

I love a good comedy (movie and/or TV show).My favorite comedic actor will always be Robin Williams; who by the way, many people say I resemble.”

What Are Your 3 Favorite Things?

My favorite things are pretty simple:

  1. Family
  2. Friends
  3. Cars”

What is Your Proudest Moment?

“Becoming a father and now a grandfather!”

What was the Last Book You Read?

“I haven’t read a good book in a while but my favorite authors are John Grisham and Dan Brown.

Although I read the newspaper every day; I haven’t read a “good” one of those in a while either.”

Want to ask Alan a question? Contact us or connect with him on LinkedIn.

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