Ric Klass

Writer, Director, Producer

Arcade Publishing
ISBN-10: 1616087803
Romantic Comedy
Available now online!

Seven Locks Press
ISBN#1-931643-86-5
Non-Fiction/Humorous Memoir
Available now online and at bookstores!

Ric Klass

Ric Klass
Ric Klass has a diverse background with nine careers. He taught math in public high schools in the Bronx, including a Gates Foundation sponsored school. Afterwards, he taught high school mathematics in a prep school in Manhattan. Previously, Ric was a volunteer tutor for disadvantaged students. He taught entrepreneurship for more than four years at Georgetown University's School of Business Administration.

Ric has written, directed, and produced two full-length feature films:

  • Elliot Fauman, Ph.D. - A romantic comedy released by the distribution arm of United Artists Theater Circuit and premiered at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was a film reviewer for in-town newspapers in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America, East and the Authors Guild.

  • Excuse Me For Living - A charming, suicidal druggie must obey his rehab-clinic’s demand to lead a seniors men’s group or face incarceration and lose the love of his psychiatrist’s daughter.

Ric was an entrepreneur for most of his career. He served as founder and chairman of a private equity firm; head of corporate finance for a Wall Street investment bank; and founder and chairman of a real estate development company and a high-security data storage company.

Prior to running his own companies, Ric served as financial consultant to the Department of Housing and Urban Development and director of market research for a publicly-owned real estate development company. Previous to his graduate business school education, he worked as an engineer/scientist on the NASA space program. He is a graduate of M.I.T. and earned a master's degree from the University of Southern California, Harvard Business School, and Mercy College.

Recently Ric won three book awards:

His novel "Excuse Me For Living" upon which his screenplay was based won first place for fiction in the Los Angeles Book Festival!

The EMFL novel is also finalist for the ForeWord Reviews Book Of The Year in the adult fiction category! ForeWord Reviews is a quarterly print journal for the publishing industry.

Ric’s narrative non-fiction book “Man Overboard: Confessions of a Novice Math Teacher in the Bronx” is a Montaigne Medal finalist in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards for the most thought provoking title.

Highlights

  • Ric wrote, produced and directed two feature films:
    • Excuse Me For Living – a romantic comedy released Fall 2012 starring Tom Pelphrey, Christopher Lloyd, Wayne Knight, Jerry Stiller, Robert Vaughn, Melissa Archer, Ewa De Cruz, James McCaffrey, Tonja Walker, David A. Gregory, Shenaz Treasury, Dick Cavett. The cast includes not only international known stars, but also younger daytime TV stars such as: Pelphrey - star in "Guiding Light" and "As The World Turns" and a two-time Emmy winner; Archer – star of "One Life To Live"; and De Cruz – star of "As The World Turns". Nearly the entire remaining younger cast had major roles on daytime TV.
    • Elliot Fauman, Ph.D. - a romantic comedy released by United Artists Theatre Circuit which played on Cinemax and premiered at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
  • Ric is the author of two books:
    • Ric is the author of the novel Excuse Me For Living published Oct. 1, 2012 by Arcade Publishing establishing Ric as the first novelist/​writer/​director/​sole producer ever of a feature film.
    • Ric is the author of Man Overboard: Confessions of a Novice Math Teacher in the Bronx, a narrative non-fiction book – a memoir of his first year teaching underprivileged children.
      • The New York Times selected Man Overboard for its Great Read In The Park book fair where he participated in a panel discussion.
      • Reviewed in The New York Times.
      • Chosen for The National Press Club's 29th Annual Book Fair and Authors' Night.
      • Member of the Writers Guild of America, East.
      • Member of the Authors Guild.
  • Ric has a diverse background – an entrepreneur for most of his career:
    • Founder and Chairman of a private equity firm
    • Head of corporate finance for a Wall Street investment bank
    • Founder and Chairman of a real estate development company that developed 14 subdivisions in the Washington, D.C. area
    • Founder and Chairman of a high-security data storage company acquired by an NYSE company.
    • Adjunct Professor Georgetown University - teaching Entrepreneurship
  • Prior to running his own companies, Ric served as:
    • Financial consultant to the Department of Housing and Urban Development
    • Director of Market Research for a publicly-owned real estate development company
    • Engineer/​Scientist on the NASA space program.
  • Education
    • Harvard Business School – MBA
    • M.I.T. – B.S. in Aero/​Astro Engineering.
    • University of Southern California – M.S. Aerospace Engineering
    • Mercy College – M.S. Education