About Richard

Richard is an internationally recognized thought-leader in technology collaboration, digital strategy, data science, humanities, and scenario strategic planner.  He is a  consummate writer, author, keynote speaker, technology influencer, and catalyst for change.

Since retiring after forty years in the business of technology and education, Richard’s focus now centers on the role of the “Cognitive CISO” with an emphasis on Transparency, Innovation, Education, Collaboration, and how the role of the “Cognitive CISO” will assist organizations in achieving their goals.

During Richard’s career he has presented over five hundred keynotes and workshops for the Global 2000 and various industry associations in Asia, Europe, North America, and Australia during his professional career.

Now he is bringing that experience and know-how to assist organizations in achieving their mission.

Richard brings years of experience to bear in his lively and interactive Keynotes and programs.   Defining the real issues, challenges, and opportunities for people to better understand the technology and the role it plays amid a life of struggles in a world of change.

Innovation/Education/Collaboration are the keys to systematically changing our world, our business, and our lives to live a life in pursuit of knowing the greater good for customers, employees, shareholders, and partners.

Richard’s roots in strategic thinking go back to his college days at St. Meinrad College, where he focused on Humanities. His graduate studies at St. Meinrad School of Theology concentrated on Patristics, Philosophy, and Systematics.  Richard studied with Dr. Eli Goldratt, creator of the “Theory of Constraints,” who is best known for the book called “The Goal,” with over six million copies sold in multiple languages. Richard worked closely with Eli developing cutting-edge methods for banks, insurance companies, and investment banking. The years spent working with Dr. Goldratt helped shaped and influenced Richard’s thinking and understanding of the nature of organizations, data management, and constraints.

Applying what Richard calls “Cognitive Strategic Thinking,” Richard provides expertise, years of experience, and insightful guidance, scenario planning, and creativity to organizational leaders, CISOs, technologists, and marketing gurus are in discerning how technology intersects with and embraces the work of their organizations. Of particular interest to Richard is what is the role of data privacy and how best to prepare for the change at hand? An area he is passionate and very dedicated to helping organizations, especially CISO’s, come to understand.

In Richard’s keynotes and workshops he brings out the critical learning experience and how we come to understand what is under the surface to the issues we are facing and how to innovate with people, technologies, and processes and to educate each other, to collaborate and transform the current environment.

Richard’s experiences have included:

  • Retired Chief Information Security Officer & data scientist for American National Insurance, a multi-line public company, where Richard’s focus was collaboration through innovation and education.

  • Chief Marketing Officer & Chief Strategy Officer, C-bridge, a public company where Richard conducted over 400 keynotes, workshops, and presentations worldwide.

  • Vice President and Director of Industry Strategy, Oracle, a public company, delivering presentations, workshops and strategy sessions for global companies entering the second/third industrial revolution.

  • CEO/President of Security Federal Bank & Trust

  • National director for Technology Advisory Services focused on strategy, processes, and policies  Coopers & Lybrand (PwC)

  • University Lecturer on Root Cause Analysis, AI and Big Data and the effects on privacy, including adult continuing education programs.

  • Former Chairperson and member of the board of directors for the Center for Parish Development an ecumenical missional research and teaching agency.

  • Retired Professional Member of the National Speakers Association

  • Retired Member of ISACA (isaca.org) focus centered on data privacy & cybersecurity.

  • Member The American Teilhard Association
  • Member of The American Philosophical Association
  • Member of IAPP the International Association of Privacy Professionals (iapp.org)

  • Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

  • Member International Thomas Merton Society

  • Member of Weststar Institute
  • Advocate & Supporter of The Center for Action and Contemplation
  • My most prized designation: Jonah’s Jonah
  • My MBTI® Personality Type is ENFJ. My Enneagram is a 7


Contact Info:

Richard Putz

409-789-4100. Text or Voice


@putzmanmusing (Twitter)

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