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Stevie winners will be presented their awards on June 11 in New York

Charlotte, N.C. – May 31, 2019 – Dick Richardson, the co-founder and CEO of Experience to Lead, was named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the Entrepreneur of the Year – Business & Professional Services category in The 17th Annual American Business Awards® today.

The American Business Awards are the U.S.A.’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.

More than 3,800 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories “The Entrepreneur of the Year for Business & Professional Services category was the perfect fit for Dick and for all of us at Experience to Lead. We have experienced tremendous growth and success with top notch clients the past few years. I’m thrilled that Dick and the whole team have received this recognition.” stated Amanda Harmon, General Manager.

I’m so humbled and proud to receive this award, stated Dick Richardson, co-founder and owner of Experience to Lead, “It represents everyone’s accomplishments at Experience to Lead. People are more likely to remember new concepts if they can connect them to experiences. They remember moments—moments when they were moved, surprised, or jolted into a new way of thinking. At Experience to Lead we offer experiential learning programs that facilitate these powerful “moments that matter” and link them to practical, actionable leadership lessons. The Experiences created with our clients over the past year and this recognition is a result of each of our team members working together to make Experience to Lead, each other, and our clients better everyday.”

More than 200 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award winners.

“The nominations submitted to The 2019 American Business Awards were outstanding.  They illustrate the continued vibrancy of innovation and high level of achievement across the American economic landscape,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards. The judges’ comments for Dick Richardson and Experience to Lead included the following statements:

Love the idea and concept. Experience to Lead is changing lives through experiential learning. The ability to help leaders understand decision-making tactics and the ability to show teams how to lead through change.

The nominee’s ingenuity in the space is impressive. His leadership and vision seem to be a determining factor in the continued growth of the company. His commitment to philanthropic causes is laudable.

Great post! Helping managers become more effective leaders is an ongoing task. It sounds like you found a compelling training program that has attracted a lot of attention. If top companies are using your program to make their leadership team stronger and more effective than that says a lot about your company. Great job!

Details about The American Business Awards and the list of 2019 Stevie winners are available at


About Experience to Lead

Experience to Lead is a distinctive experiential leadership development provider with locations in Charlotte, NC, New York/New Jersey and Houston, TX. Its’ clients include top-tier and mid-sized companies across a variety of industries, including PayPal, The Federal Reserve Bank, Nucor, Boston Scientific and Goldman Sachs. The company delivers its innovative programming in unforgettable locations, including NASA’s Space Centers in Houston, Texas and Florida, the Elite Athlete Training Center in California, and the battlefields of Gettysburg, Waterloo, and Normandy. Experience to Lead draws on the expertise of its partners and facilitators, who have decades of learning and development experience with The Conference Board, IBM, Coca-Cola and other Fortune 1000 companies. Richardson is also the author of Apollo Leadership Lessons:  Powerful Business Insights for Executives (Authority Publishing), an expansion on material contained in Experience to Lead’s popular Apollo Leadership workshop.  For more information, please visit

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at

Sponsors of The 2019 American Business Awards include HCL America, John Hancock Financial Services, and SoftPro.