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Lead Your Legacy

In this interactive and entertaining program based on his book, "Handing Over the Reigns: A Concise Guide to Succession Planning," Richard shares how to create a seamless leadership transition from one generation to the next. Richard will use his personal story as a case study and share entertaining stories that provide humor, encourage audience participation and teach the simple strategies that need to be in place for succession planning to be successful. Audience members will walk away with a personal action plan they can implement the first day back at their organization. Richard will show the audience not only what to do, but what NOT to do to guarantee business continuity for years to come.

Key Takeaways:

  • Develop (or update) your succession plan now before you need it!
  • Understand how to hire with next generation leadership in mind
  • Minimize conflict by planning ahead
  • Learn the difference between a contingency plan and a succession plan for your business
  • Know what to look for when building a team of trusted advisors

Ensure a seamless leadership transition from one generation to the next and guarantee business success for years to come
This succession planning program is ideal for business owners, family businesses and anyone faced with a leadership transition.

My Background

Richard J. Bryan took the reins of a 100 year old, $120 million, family owned car and truck dealership in the UK at the ripe young age of 28 after his father was forced to retire due to sudden illness. That in itself was a challenge; but even worse, the business was losing $3.5 million a year and there was no leadership succession plan in place.

After a challenging start and lots of mistakes, Richard hired a seasoned executive and business turnaround specialist named Frank to help him with his new-found career. With Frank's help Richard was able to clearly define his role as a leader, forge a team of trusted A-Players while learning the vital art of leadership succession planning. Ultimately, the business was able to survive and thrive in a highly competitive industry where it achieved outstanding growth and profitability.

Richard was CEO of the dealership group for 10 years before selling the business via a successful trade sale and embarking upon a new career. Richard is now an in demand keynote speaker, executive coach and author who shares his experience with business owners and leaders. The leadership and succession planning strategies he offers have proven to be the driving force behind his continued professional success. He is a Professional member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and a former Board Member of NSA Colorado.

Richard is based in Evergreen, Colorado where he and his wife are empty nesters – his teenage daughter and son are both attending universities in California! He still travels regularly to his hometown of Bristol, England where he owns and operates a commercial real estate business.


"Richard was very easy to work with, reliable and above all invested appreciated efforts to assure that his message related and resonated well with our audience.

I believe you will find Richard an outstanding choice for your speaking needs and inviteyou to contact me if you have additional questions."

- Robert J. Zipse - John Deere

"Richard weaved his pre-event research into the keynote so that it was informative, relevant and thought-provoking for our advisors.  His expertise, wisdom, and humor were the perfect fit for our event.

In short, Richard was very effective and I would highly recommend him as a keynote speaker."

- Brian Trzcinski - Mass Mutual

"Here are some comments I received from attendees:"

  • “The content that Richard presented was completely relevant and applicable to my business. I can’t wait to put some of these tips & tricks to work with my team back at the office!”
  • “I really loved how personal Richard made his presentation, it was completely relatable and I learned a lot of best practices that I am looking forward to putting into action!”

"In short, Richard was a home run as our Keynote speaker!"

- Ashley Stachura - Ingram Micro

"Richard is a rock star! A Brit but still a rock star!"

- Jack TerHar - President Sill-TerHar Motors



Denver, Colorado


$10,000 +


I'm a 4th Generation CEO of a $120 million family business and share proven Leadership & Succession Planning strategies in an entertaining and humorous way.

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