Richie has worked in the music industry for over 35 years. He began his career as a salesman for Phonodisc Music in New York. He's an industry veteran that has worked with labels including RSO, A&M, Universal Music, RCA, Motown, Arista, Mercury, Casablanca, Rhino and Island. He's also worked with platinum selling artists such as the Bee Gees, Kiss, Donna Summer, Rush and Eric Clapton. Richie's worked on many well known projects including Saturday Night Fever, Grease, and Special Olympics Very Special Christmas, to name a few.
Richie was Executive Vice President of Universal Music Enterprises' New Door Records; and Senior Vice President of Sales, Distribution and Production at A&M Records/ Polygram. He has implemented strategies to develop the careers for such artists as Sheryl Crow, Blues Traveler, Soundgarden, Bryan Adams, Janet Jackson, UB40, Van Morrison, Raffi and others.
Richie formed “Muzic School” in 2015. Inspired by Richie’s own personal relationship with his handicapped sister, Joan, it was designed to be a label and a home for artists and music that would look to help and to inspire those with Special Needs. With its 1st album release "Songs About Us", by Kerry Fenster in February 2016, as Richie put it, “Muzic School’s goal is to remind all of us how powerful music is to the human spirit, and as Hans Christian Anderson once said, ‘When words fail, music speaks.’ At ‘Muzic School’ we live by those words.” www.muzicschool.com
Richie teaches 2 classes at UCLA on the music business and touring management and is also a certified mediator through the Pepperdine School of Law.