Richard Speights is a Senior Consultant and Executive Leadership Coach at Innolect, Inc. Mr. Speights served in the United States Navy for 26.5 years in numerous senior management assignments both at sea and ashore specializing in logistics operations onboard nuclear ballistic and attack submarines and government contracts at major Navy Contracting Centers. Assignments also included positions as director of a Leadership & Management training division and instructor positions teaching leadership and organizational effectiveness. Concurrently during his active duty in the Navy, Mr. Speights was an Adjunct Instructor at various colleges teaching courses in Management, Business and Economics.
Richard retired from the U.S. Navy with the rank of Commander (O-5). Shortly thereafter, he assumed the position of executive director of a non-profit organization specializing in business development services to small, medium and large businesses pursuing government contracts. On April 30, 2004, Mr. Speights received a gubernatorial appointment as Director, Minority & Small Business Development Division, the chief advocate for minority and small business development for the State of Mississippi. Mr. Speights resigned his position in 2009 with the State of Mississippi to specialize in providing executive leadership and consulting services.
Richard is a graduate of Chapman University, Orange, California, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and of the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California with a Master of Science degree in Management with a concentration in Acquisition and Contracting. Rich is proud to say that his family and grandchildren fill all of his spare time.