Business is all about making the right connections and knowing whom to partner with. Richard has a unique ability to link people for mutual gain. He seems to always be thinking about how to weave the policy and investment side of the clean energy economy together. I've benefited more than once from the people and events he's connected me to.
"As the Business Outreach Director for the Apollo Alliance, Richard showed an unique ability to present compelling reasons why private companies should get involved in the clean energy-good jobs policy arena. He's got a knack for connecting businesspeople with labor and environmental leaders. He does this by first understanding their priorities and then focusing on the mutual gains each will incur by working together."
Richard and I have been colleagues at CORE for several years. He has played a critical role in our important Sustainable Opportunities Summit since its inception in 2006, particularly in terms of developing compelling themes for the conference and securing high-visibility speakers. Richard is a strategic thinker, experienced in framing strategies and defining work programs for non-profit organizations. He has a broad and deep appreciation of all aspects of sustainability, including its social dimensions, and understands clearly how to help organizations derive competitive benefit from adopting sustainable management practices. His long track record in the field provides him with a vast number of connections, many at the highest levels in the field, which he leverages for the benefit of those he is working with.
It was a pleasure to work with Richard during his time with the Apollo Alliance. He is that rare consultant who works with the business community but can also see things from labor’s point of view. Richard did important work for Apollo, building coalitions between business and labor, whose traditionally adversarial relationships can make such coalition building tricky at best. As a labor activist, I especially appreciated his respect for labor leadership and his understanding of the role that labor must play in the building of a clean energy economy. Richard brings both deep technical knowledge and passion to his work.
Richard Eidlin and The Progress Group make the right metaphors in the right way with the right contacts in the green economy space.