Richard L. Lewis
As a veteran, Richard Lewis understands the significance of the military, not only overseas, but on the home front. “The military is vital to the nation’s defense, but it is very important to the Colorado economy,” said the Denver businessman.
More than 73,000 jobs in Colorado interrelate to the military or to civil service. Factor in military bases and the economic impact in the state is about $6.6 billion a year.
“It is a significant economic influence to the area, especially when you talk about (economic) trends and (federal) budget cuts and what that will mean when it comes to jobs and the workforce,” he said.
Lewis, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado, received his honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force at the rank of captain.
Lewis conveyed his drive for quality and excellence in the military to the business world. In 2002, he founded RTL Networks, Inc., a technologies company based in Denver.
As president and CEO, Lewis understands the internal or external, it’s the only way a business can achieve its objectives.
A business also wants to be innovative and a leader, not only in the business world, but in the community.
“If we are here only to make money, then we’ve missed out on an opportunity to make a difference,” he said.
Lewis, a former member of the Kansas City Fed’s Economic Advisory Council, is on several business- and community-related boards in the Denver area, and he is the founder of the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Connect Leadership program.
Lewis will use his aforementioned experiences during his first term this year on the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Denver Branch Board of Directors. “Colorado has a robust and progressive business environment, and I and my company have had the opportunity to be deeply engaged in that environment,” he said. “I believe that I can offer that perspective and those insights, which will help the Federal Reserve as it gathers information and perspectives about the region and shapes monetary policy.”