Richard "Rick" Walsh
Chairman & CEO
Knob Hill Companies
Rick Walsh is Chairman and CEO of the Knob Hill Companies, which includes agriculture, investments and a strategic development firm. Prior to founding Knob Hill, Rick served as senior vice president, corporate affairs of Darden Restaurants. He was a founding member of the leadership team that took Darden public in 1995 and also served as a member of Darden’s executive committee.
Rick also serves on the boards of Seaside National Bank and Trust, Blue Orb Software Inc., ABC Wine & Spirits, LSQ Holdings, Invoice Exchange, the National First Jobs Institute, the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation as well as several emerging companies’ boards. Prior to the OneBlood merger, Rick also served as chairman of the board for Florida’s Blood Centers.
A past Chairman of the Florida State Chamber of Commerce, MD Anderson Cancer and Chairman Emeritus of the University Of Central Florida Board Of Trustees, he is also a former Board member of the Greater Orlando Chamber of Commerce, the National Employment Policy Institute; and the National Restaurant Association. He formerly served on the Governor’s Florida Tourism Council, the Governor’s Taskforce on Affordable Healthcare, Enterprise Florida, and the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission.
He attended the University of Central Florida receiving a bachelor of arts degree in 1977, a master’s degree in 1983 and received the University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1985.