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Mr. Gothard joined the RWB Board of Directors in 2002 and is currently serving as the Board President. He serves as a member on the District’s Compensation Committee and reviews the Bank reconciliation of the cash accounts.
Hailing from a childhood spent on farms and ranches in Kansas and Oklahoma, he obtained his BS in Accounting at Kansas State University and his JD (Law) from Kansas University.
His extensive business experiences bring a broad perspective of management and financial knowledge. Specializing in merger and acquisitions, he spent 18 years as a tax consultant with an international accounting firm consulting for multiple industries, both nationally and abroad. He also spent 5 years as CFO of a regional cable television company. The balance of his career is as a private equity investor serving as needed in a variety of positions from a board director to a finance director and in some cases, as a CEO for short durations.
Applying the lessons learned from his business experiences, he utilizes his financial and legal expertise in the review of RWB financial statements and policies. He places emphasis on documentation of the District needs and expenditures to verify our taxpayers are efficiently served. His input of conservative economic strategies has assisted RWB in withstanding the past economic downturn without experiencing a major loss of services. His personal mission in serving RWB on the Board is “to adopt policies enabling RWB to provide the highest standard of ALL event response capabilities to ALL residents and guests in our District.”
As the current longest serving RWB board member, Mr. Gothard states, “having watched the transition of the RWB from a volunteer to a paid organization, I have become extremely appreciative of the opportunity to be associated with such a hardworking and professional group of people.”
A longtime Summit County resident, he and his wife share eight adult children, five of whom grew up in Summit County. His other interests include ranching, riding his horse, the study of history, fishing and travel.