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.