The Breeze Dozen: Cape Trailblazers — Michael Richter
Each week the Cape Coral Breeze will feature a leader within the business community — public sector, private sector, or non-profit — asking a dozen questions that focus on the person and the business in which they hold a leadership role.
Name: Michael Richter
Company/Organization: Ecological Laboratories Inc.
Contact Information: www.EcologicalLabs.com
Address: North Cape Industrial Park, Cape Coral
Your Business at a Glance:
What you do: Worldwide supplier of environmentally friendly biological products for ecosystem restoration.
Unique niche: Manufacturing proprietary environmentally friendly consumer and industrial products.
Bragging rights: Eliminated the odor and algae from the Cabot Canal in Cape Coral during the algae crisis.
Where you see your business in five years: Continuing its operation in Cape Coral under the management of the second generation.
Describe yourself in one word: Disciplined.
Hero, role model or mentor: D.T. Suzuki.
Person you’d most like to meet: Jimmy Carter.
Book that changed your life: “Bushido: Soul of Japan” by Nitobe.
Best business advice you’ve ever received: “Do not fear failure, but rather fear not trying.”
Biggest risk you’ve ever taken: Business travel through Pakistan.
Personal passion: Giving back to the community.
Guilty pleasure: Binge watching TV series.