As a public speaker, Richard Fritzky is blessed with the ability to communicate powerfully and memorably. As former president of one of New Jersey’s premier business associations, The Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce, Rich led a life as a sought after business expert, public servant, and a father of 12 children. This diverse background has enabled him to motivate people and organizations with great meaning, purpose, passion and laughter. Today. he continues to share his insights and stories of perseverance, teamwork and community with the real life experiences to back every word.
On October 4th of 2005 Rich was beset by a combination of renal, respiratory, and circulatory failure which placed him at death’s door. In what he now describes as the defining moment of his life, Rich contracted Neisseria Meningitis, which kills 90% of those who fall ill to the disease and most within the first 24 hours.
For almost 4 months, he lay in a coma. This led his doctors to surmise that he would never again be able to utter a cognitive thought. Hope continued to dwindle as the disease took limb after limb, leaving Rich a quadruple amputee. But earlier and just before falling into coma, he had asked his family and friends to keep the faith and to pray and to believe, as he believed, that all would be well. Those words and his steadfast refusal to give up continue to inspire today.
Now, in the wake of life-altering limitations and in the wake of additional brushes with death, his keynotes continue to empower others to rise above personal difficulty and to live stronger, happier, and more productive lives. Listeners follow Rich on an “against all odds” journey from loss to victory, emphasizing the boundless potential of the human spirit. Rich tells a deeply personal story of the courage, faith, family, and community that saved his life. Audiences walk away with a renewed confidence in themselves and their ability to lead and to make a difference.
After a careful analysis, Rich will customize a message that will resonate with your organization and surpass your highest expectations or his engagement is yours at no cost whatsoever. We hope this unique guarantee will encourage you to consider Rich Fritzky for your next meeting, banquet, or event!
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With a BA and MA from Seton Hall University, Rich was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters by Felician College in 2008.
In the early 70’s, he served as a communications director for the Mayor of Boston and in the mid 70’s, as a teacher at Seton Hall Prep. He taught at Bergen Community College and Felician College and he has continued to teach at Fairleigh Dickinson University for more than 35 years now.
As president of the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce for 25 years, he initiated creative jobs development, customized training, educational, literacy, balanced growth, and affordable housing initiatives, as well as the first Transportation Management Association in NJ — what is today, the finest in the nation.
He went on to serve as a New Jersey Employment and Training Commissioner, as a New Jersey State Planning Commissioner, as the Chairman of a New Jersey Task Force on Adult Literacy, as a member of the Northeast-Midwest Leadership Coalition of the United States Senate, as the Chairman of Jersey City’s York Street Development Project which includes the Kenmare Alternative High School for Unwed Mothers and Saint Joseph’s Transitional Housing Home, as well as many other organizations.
He has been honored by Felician College, the National Conference for Community and Justice, the New Jersey Department of Labor, the Hackensack Meadowlands Development Commission, the New Jersey State Planning Commission, Comprehensive Behavioral Healthcare, Child Find New Jersey, the Doctor Leon Smith Infectious Diseases Foundation, Meadowlink, his own Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Meadowlands YMCA.
Taken out by a bout with neisseria meningitis on October 4, 2005, all of life changed after a 441 day hospitalization that left him a quadruple amputee and contributed to bouts with mercer, end stage renal disease, diabetes, cancer and ever so much more. Two recently published books, A Pilgrim’s Song – Mary Varick and her Theology of Suffering and What Must Needs Come – a Legacy of Gettysburg will soon be followed by another, Tidings of Great Joy – Keeping Christmas Well, which will be released later this year. This builds upon earlier self-published works like It Isn’t Cheaper by the Dozen Anymore and George Martin’s Just Around the Bend which was published by Significance Press. While continuing to write and teach, he also is an accomplished inspirational speaker.
He and his wife of 35 years, Maggie, continue to live in Stanhope, NJ, with 3 of their 12 children. The 12 grandchildren (and growing) live nearby.