The Things

Richard is a certified chef who occasionally helps his brother at Paul Piazza Catering and spends time educating others through Piazza's Kitchen.

Richard also pursues the martial arts as the owner/trainer of Crazy Monkey Twin Cities which focuses on self preservation through performance boxing and sustainable jiu-jitsu.



Independent iOS Developer

Published several of my own apps to the Apple App Store that deal heavily with some of Apple’s core technologies & ideologies, including: CoreData, CloudKit, REST API’s, NSOperations (Operation based programing), and Protocol Oriented Programing.




Senior Software Engineer (iOS)



Minneapolis Jewish Federation

Volunteer Technology Consultant - Database Committee

Sweet Chocolat

Web/Technology Consultant



Innocence Project of Minnesota (IPMN)

Volunteer Web/Tech Consultant



Lateral (Perth, Aus)

Senior Mobile Applications Consultant (SMAC)

As a lead software developer (iOS/Android/HTML), gained extensive experience on projects across a wide range of industries including: agriculture, education, health, government, and retail. This diverse background has given me a unique perspective into today’s need for mobile apps to deeply integrate with the rich web and cloud services. Expertise goes beyond building the software to mobile devices and device management, having achieved the qualification of Apple Product Profession and the inclusion in the ACN (Apple Consultants Network) for Mobility Solutions and Mobility Deployment.



The Old Brewery (Perth, Aus)

Chef de Partie

Developed skills across multiple stations in the kitchen including saute, garde manger, pastry, and grill. Expanded knowledge and technique in meat cookery.



The Arts Institutes International Minnesota

A.A.S. Culinary Arts

Educated in Basic Culinary Skills, Baking and Pastry Skills, American Regional Cuisine, International &, Asian Cuisine, Garde Manger, Purchasing, Cost Control, Management & Supervision, and Operations. Additional courses outside of curriculum: Advanced Baking, Artisan Breads.

Teacher Assistant in both Basic Culinary Skills and Purchasing & Cost Control, 2008 - 2009; Student Volunteer for Great American Bake Sale, 2009; Student Assistant with Art Institutes International Summer Teen Workshop, 2008, 2009



The Gurstel Law Firm

Networking Systems Administrator

Setup and maintained key components of Desktop & Server architecture, including but not limited to: AD Domains, GPOs, Exchange, Firewalls, and Routing Environments. Instrumental in establishing a remote branch in Arizona. Developed in-house intranet solution and automation tools.



Dunwoody College of Technology

A.A.S. Computer Networking