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Richard Gottfried was born and raised in New Rochelle, New York. Richard attended Syracuse University where he earned a B.S. in Accounting. He received his Master’s Degree in Taxation from Georgetown University.
After he graduated from Syracuse University, Richard began his career in New York City as an auditor with a Big 4 public accounting firm. He found the work interesting but he knew that he wanted to focus more on smaller clients, where he could have a real impact on their businesses, and make things easier for smaller businesses.
As a result, Richard moved to Rockville in 1990. He loved the small town feel and sense of community. While putting himself through graduate school at night, he began his career here as a Controller for family owned business and worked as the Director of Finance for not-for-profit organizations in Washington, DC. In addition he began teaching at several colleges in the Washington area, teaching various accounting and business courses for undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Richard believes that teaching is some of the most rewarding work that a person can do.
Richard knew that this is where he wanted to spend his life, so in 2001 he bought his home here in Rockville, in our Twinbrook neighborhood. In 2006, Richard opened his accounting firm here. Every year he has seen his business grow. When Richard says he cares about small businesses here in our community, you know that he truly does. He is right there with you as a small business owner himself. He wanted to make our city and neighborhoods a better place to live so he became involved.
Even though growing his business and serving his community occupied most of his time, he continued to teach and found the time to fund a not-for-profit organization. He even found the time to organize recreational tennis teams. Since 2008, Richard has been a top-ten league director for World Team Tennis.
In fact, he will tell you that tennis changed his life. In 2009 he met Stacey Freeman at Branden Field, in Greenbelt Maryland, at a World Team Tennis match. It was love at first sight.
Richard has stayed involved in community issues since 2007. He worked to keep the city from increasing the refuse and recycling fee, saving the city taxpayers 5 million dollars. He advocated with many residents in the Twinbrook neighborhood and several Montgomery County council members to stop the County from building a two story office building for 20 employees on the grass on Broome Middle School and saving the taxpayers over 14 million dollars. The County has between 14% to 16% of its office space vacant and this is the best place for this agency.
In 2014 Richard was elected President of the Twinbrook Citizens Association and is serving his second term. He works with his neighborhood association to keep our city a place we can be proud to live in and raise our families. Richard recently lobbied with other neighborhood associations to keep the city from increasing the class size in our schools. Initially, they were successful; however, the City Council changed their votes.