Richard oversees operations, client relations and a team of talented marketing and communications professionals in Seattle and Portland. He is also the head of Allison+Partners’ real estate group, a team of industry specialists that helps organizations meet their business and communications goals through a diverse range of services. During his tenure, Richard has helped property owners to lease-up their buildings through integrated campaigns targeting tenants, brokers and other influencers. He has also led campaigns that brought regional real estate companies into the national spotlight, helping to better position them for property acquisitions and dispositions, as well as capital fundraising. Prior to joining Allison+Partners, Richard was a principal and shareholder at Frause, a full-service communications firm in the Pacific Northwest known for its focus on the built environment. Richard earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Wake Forest University and a professional certificate in public relations from the University of Washington.
In Seattle, we’re fun, creative and – as you might expect – highly caffeinated. While we’re serious about our work, we try to keep things light. We wear a lot of hats, literally and figuratively, which allows us to cover some really challenging, sometimes outright strange, project requirements, and look cool while doing it. Our client roster includes an array of world-class brands across industries ranging from real estate and technology to luxury consumer products and urban issues. The office is located in a renovated loft space in the nearly century-old Dexter Horton Building in the vibrant Pioneer Square neighborhood. A great environment for innovation, collaboration, and, of course, coffee.
Twenty-four hours in Seattle provides just enough time to get a great vibe for what the city has to offer, and the place to start is the historic, world-famous Pike Place Market. Aside from being a popular destination with visitors, it's where Seattleites go to buy locally-sourced produce, seafood and flowers, or to grab a cup of coffee. Just a few blocks up the hill from the Market is Seattle's bustling retail core, including the flagship Nordstrom store. Take the skybridge from Nordstrom across to Pacific Place, which offers five levels of fashion, food and film.
Upon stepping out of Pacific Place head east to Capitol Hill, a popular neighborhood to live, work and play. Stop in at Cupcake Royale for a snack and freshly brewed coffee. As you explore the ultra-hip Pike-Pine neighborhood, you'll pass some of Seattle's famed bars and music spots like Neumos and Chop Suey. Make your way down Broadway and take a selfie with a statue of Jimi Hendrix, then step across the street to enjoy lunch at Oddfellows.
Leaving Cap Hill, catch an Uber to the Queen Anne neighborhood and pay a visit to the Space Needle. If heights aren't your thing, consider the nearby Museum of Pop Culture (formerly the Experience Music Project) or Chihuly Garden and Glass. After immersing yourself in Seattle’s sights and sounds, head west to the Puget Sound waterfront for dinner at AQUA by El Gaucho where you’ll enjoy a stunning sunset and panoramic views.
To cap off the evening, take a whirl in one of the Seattle Great Wheel’s enclosed gondolas. Approaching the top, with Mount Rainier to the south, the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound to the west and the city skyline to the east, you’ll soon see why the Emerald City is the crown jewel of the Pacific Northwest.