2014 Presidential Lecture Series
Richard J. Bolte, Jr. Chairman and CEO of BDP International
Monday, March 10, 2014, 6 p.m.
Radnor Hotel, St. Davids, Pa.
Richard J. Bolte, Jr. was born in Philadelphia in 1957 and joined BDP International in 1973. During his 41-year career with the company he has held positions covering a broad range of the firm's operations in global logistics and transportation.
Rich earned a bachelor's degree from Mount St. Mary's in 1979 and has attended various management development programs, including the Wharton School of Business and the Center for Creative Leadership.
His formative experience at BDP centered on ocean exports and supply chain management, with particular emphasis on company operations. Rich was Vice President of the company's Northeast Region before taking the position of Chief Operating Officer. In 1996 he was named President of BDP International.
In 1997, BDP's dedication to excellence resulted in the company being named a recipient of The President's E-Award for Excellence in Exporting, the highest U.S. award for American exporters.
In 2006, Rich was named CEO following the passing of his father Richard J. Bolte, Sr., BDP's Founder and Chairman, and the namesake of the Mount's School of Business.
Over the past decade, Rich has been instrumental in the strategic development of BDP's Global Network of wholly-owned subsidiaries and joint ventures in the Pacific Rim, Canada, Mexico, the U.K., South America, the Middle East and Europe. Under his leadership, BDP acquired logistics firms in Germany, France, Belgium, Brazil, Indonesia, Italy, Thailand, and the United Kingdom; formed strategic partnerships in Mexico, Spain, the Czech Republic and Japan; and opened offices in China, Korea and the Netherlands. In 2005, BDP acquired The Elite Group, a Houston-based logistics firm specializing in the chemical industry.
He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and is a member of the American Chemistry Council. He also served with distinction on the Mount's Board of Trustees.
Rich and his wife, Karen, have three children: Richard (28), Julia (16), and Tommy (14). They reside in Moorestown, New Jersey. He enjoys golf, jogging, reading and writing poetry.