Brian Richards provides a wide range of C-level business development experience to Captive Eight. Brian currently oversees the business, and is responsible for financial projections, event forecasting, talent acquisition, sales management, and client relations and business strategy.
He possesses over 13 years of corporate consulting experience including his 7-year tenure at a global events company where he was the acting General Manager of the Los Angeles office, overseeing three divisions. He has practical experience in a wide range of business management applications, including market analyses, sales and marketing, team building, quality assurance, event consulting, executive meetings, event operations, and is a moderator for many executive peer discussion groups around the country. Brian’s diverse network includes CIOs, CMOs, CFOs, General Counsels, Tax VPs, and CFOs, Health Care of Fortune 1000 Companies.
Brian also brings large-scale event production experience. He was responsible for the creation and execution of the Southwest Litigation Summit, which generated over $500K in revenue in its first event. In addition, he nurtured and helped grow the Chief Litigation and the Tax Officers Summit. He oversaw initial planning on speakers, corporate direction, revenue thresholds, event location, sales and marketing, design, and branding.
Brian attended California State University Northridge, and majored in Psychology with a minor in History. In addition, he received advanced management and sales training at the Bathe England Manor House.
He is a devoted family member, avid mountain biker, outdoor enthusiast, a foodie, and enjoys travelling.
As the Vice President of Operations for Captive Eight, John Kim is responsible for the day-to-day management of the company, including IT and web, event planning and production, as well as any other business functions required to keep the firm and the events running smoothly. He’s also a Salesforce Administrator and handles the CRM and lead generation.
John has a varied career background. Most recently, he was a Technical Recruiter at Crescent Solutions, where he was responsible for Direct Hire Talent Acquisition for Fortune 500 companies. Prior to tackling the corporate world, John worked as an Itamae (Master Sushi Chef) for 14 years, specializing in the art of Sushi and Sashimi, at a variety of restaurants in Portland, OR. Between dissecting Tuna and serving Umami rich creations, John was the Sponsorship & Events Director for Garage 112’s Drift Racing Team in participation of the nationwide Formula Drift Series in the United States.
John’s core studies were Business Administration and Pre-Medicine. He also spent several years as a professional cyclist, racing with the BBC Racing Team and KWC Track Cycling Team. He is a 2011 Masters Track National Champion, obtaining a Gold medal in the Scratch Race from USA Cycling.
John’s broad background and outstanding people skills have been an important addition to the Captive Eight team.