1966-1970 U.S. Air Force – Air Traffic Controller. 1970-1979 Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Controller at Chicago O’Hare Airport. Associate Degree in Business Management from Triton College. 1971 started VOTE, short for Veteran Opportunities through Enterprising. VOTE was a nonprofit organization dedicated to veterans of the Vietnam War. Founded – Four R’s Restaurant and Lounge Corporation currently celebrating 41 years. Served on the Board of Directors for the Bellwood Boys & Girls Club. Served on the Board of Directors for the Bellwood Chamber of Commerce. In 2000, Village of Bellwood voted to rename a section of St. Charles Rd. to “The Honorable Richardson Drive.”, in dedication to my many years of service to the community as a business owner, employer, and active citizen.
Owned and operated Really Pop’n Corporation manufacturing and specialty popcorn retail stores, headquartered in Downers Grove, IL, three retail stores (Yorktown Regional Shopping Center in Lombard, IL., Clark St. and Diversey St. in Chicago IL. and Burr Ridge, IL. Founded Startup Resources Inc. and American Business Interlink in Oak Brook, Illinois. The consulting firm designed to meet the information needs of small business clients and played a pivotal role in connecting many of them to the internet. Featured in the Chicago Tribune, The DuPage Business Ledger, and the Doings. License Illinois Real-estate Broker, owned and operated L. Richardson Realty agency. Illinois License Video Gaming Operator. License Illinois Insurance producer with Bentron Financial Group, Inc. Owner of Illinois Cannabis Training Center in Oak Brook IL. – Approved Responsible Training Vendor for the State of Illinois.