Mr. Richard O. Spencer, Jr., is an author, coach, entrepreneur, mentor, and motivational speaker whose mission and desire is to help people live healthier, more productive lives, and discover the greatness within. As President and CEO of 4mK Group, LLC, Mr. Spencer assists small business owners realize their dreams of success in entrepreneurship.
He is the younger of two children born in Youngstown, OH and raised both in and near Philadelphia, PA. As life would have it, Mr. Spencer was introduced to drugs at a young age and struggled with making the decision between focusing on academics and athletics; or answering the luring call of the streets. Through some struggles, missteps, trials, and tribulations, he emerged virtually unscathed and is blessed to share his testimony and lessons learned.
Having played football from the youth level as all the way through an attempt to walk on at the University of Pittsburgh, athletics have always played a key role in his personal development. In addition to the physical benefits, discipline, the spirit of competition, the team concept, and good sportsmanship were some of the many lessons learned through football.
Prior to 4mK Group, Mr. Spencer’s background includes over 15 years experience in corporate training, employee development, project management, leadership, and business development. Past companies include; Prudential Investments, Prudential Annuity Services, VerticalNet, Inc., GMAC Commercial Mortgage, CapMark Financial Services, and AMX Corporation. Currently, Mr. Spencer works in the non-profit sector as a consultant on a Fatherhood Program, teaching fathers about Healthy Relationships and Responsible Fatherhood. Prior to that, he served as Executive Director of the Enon-Coulter Community Development Corporation; a 501(c)3. During his career, he has facilitated both technical and non-technical classroom courses for end users, dealers, vendors, and partners. In addition, he’s managed focus groups, done peer coaching, and delivered various multi-media training courses.
Through those teaching opportunities, he developed an eagerness for affecting a change in people. No matter what the subject matter is, Richard is enthusiastic about articulating it, using demonstrations, illustrations, and often humor to educate and challenge his audience.
A 1998 graduate of Philadelphia University, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Information Systems and a minor in Small Business/Entrepreneurship. In 2006, he also completed the Leadership Development Certification Program at Pennsylvania State University, Ambler Campus.
Lastly, he’s a proud member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Mighty Mu Omega Chapter in Philadelphia, PA.