Principal’s Bio – Judi Richardson

Judi is a proven strategic thinker and results-driven executive with over 25 years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience.  She discovered the keys to competitive drive, discipline and goal setting as a member of Canada’s National Ski Team 1978 – 1980. Armed with a York University MBA and a top-five finish in her class, Judi moved from banking into marketing and has worked with several respected firms in progressively senior and strategic roles from account analyst to vice president marketing & business development. 

Judi is the principal of Richardson Management Inc., a strategic business consulting company established in 1998 to assist organizations with the articulation and achievement of their vision.  The company’s diverse client list has spanned technology, service, retail, academia and consumer goods industries.  While consulting, Judi was involved in drafting the business plan which eventually resulted in KremeKo Inc. being awarded the exclusive rights to the Krispy Kreme Doughnuts brand in all Canadian provinces excluding B.C.

As KremeKo’s vice president marketing & business development, Judi spearheaded the record-breaking launch of the Krispy Kreme brand in Canada.  Brand awareness, trial and media coverage levels were unprecedented despite very little “traditional advertising”. She also championed KremeKo’s foray into Quebec.  The company was cited as one of two leading examples of stellar bilingual retail entries.  Judi successfully negotiated partnerships with wholesale channels and oversaw the fundraising arm of the business model through a team of enthusiastic marketers.

Previously, Judi served as vice president of marketing at Mark Anthony Cellars Ltd.  Judi garnered international retail experience as Starbucks Coffee Company’s marketing director for Canada and the Pacific Northwest. While there she built a field marketing team and system from scratch, spearheaded research projects, undertook an outside agency review and was very involved with her team in building community partnerships.  One such program with the Alberta Theatre Projects won the Financial Post award as ‘most innovative marketing sponsorship.’

Judi progressed through various positions at Nielsen Marketing Research and Scott Paper, later becoming marketing director for Dairyworld Foods, where she developed an integrated marketing plan with public relations, promotions and advertising agencies to launch a worldwide packaging prototype into the Canadian market.  The campaign won numerous North American Master Dairies awards.  While managing a team of marketers, Judi was also involved in strategic analysis to determine the viability of a potential acquisition. 

Over several years during the 1990’s, Judi served as a director of the B.C. Chapter of the American Marketing Association. During this period, Judi was also successfully involved in volunteer fund-raising for B.C. Children’s Hospital as deputy chair and chair of the retail telethon committee.  Previously, Judi served on the advisory boards of 1800GOTJUNK, Jugo Juice and Nurse Next Door as well as the Board of Directors for Kids.now, a Canadian charitable 12-week after school mentoring program.   Judi also volunteered on the North Star Montessori Board for five years and sat on the KremeKo Board on an interim basis.

Judi expanded her skills experience through the Institute of Corporate Directors "Directors Education Program" from which she earned certification as a director (ICD.D) in 2007. Currently, Judi is a director of VRX Worldwide Inc. (TSX-V:VRW) a rich media provider to the travel Industry, Simpson Seeds Inc. a pulse crop business exporting to 70 countries as well as Climate Smart which helps SMEs to profitably reduce GHG emissions. She joined the Parkinson's Society Canada board in fall 2011 and enjoys mentoring directly and through the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs.

 


Greg Allen – Freelance Designer

Greg has been a professional graphic designer for over 20 years. His extensive skills span a wide range of media, including broadcast motion graphics, diverse print media, 3D computer graphics, web design, packaging, logo design, as well as collateral and corporate/brand identity material development. Greg is also extremely adept as a traditional artist. His paintings hang in various private collections across Canada, and he has written and illustrated a number of children's picture books.

Prior to becoming a freelancer, Greg worked for over 10 years as a lead artist and art director for Electronic Arts.  During his tenure at EA, Greg worked on some of the biggest-selling video games of all time, including NBA LIVE, NHL Hockey, SSX, Need for Speed and Madden Football to name just a few.

Before moving to Electronic Arts, Greg was the lead artist for eight years at Global Television.  While there, he won numerous international awards for his inventive motion graphics, animation and set design.

Some of Greg’s recent freelance clients have included The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), The Vancouver Canucks, Omni Films, Snack Alliance International, Berry Health Inc. and CTV.

Greg is proud to be associated with Richardson Management Inc.