Rich Blewitt

After a successful career heading the premier niche issue and crisis management firm Rowan & Blewitt, which was acquired by the Interpublic Group of Companies, Rich joined several of his former colleagues to form R&B Associates. The group continues to focus most of its work supporting leading corporations.


Some of Rowan & Blewitt's efforts included helping Exxon after the Valdez oil spill, supported American Airlines following the 9/11 attack, assisted Household Finance with the sub-prime lending controversy working with state attorneys general across the country and counseled Ford Motor during the Firestone Tire issue. It served more than 30 of the Fortune 100 companies.


Much of Rich's work with Rowan & Blewitt (and now R&B Associates) centers on leading efforts to solve and prevent problems for corporations usually dealing with litigation, government, media and interest group scrutiny. This includes the counseling and coaching of CEOs and other top management. Rowan & Blewitt was considered by many to be "the front office" firm to turn to because of its success with issues and crises facing global corporations. 


He has served as a member of the Board of Visitors of University of Maryland University College (UMUC), one of the world's largest public universities with major online growth, and the Board of Governors of the Josephson Institute of Ethics, best known for Character Counts! program for youngsters. He has served as chair of both boards. Rich served on the University System of Maryland Foundation's Board of Directors. He also was a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Parks and Conservation Association.


In addition to his management consulting and non-profit board activity, Rich founded The Blewitt Foundation in 2005 to support the severely injured of our nation's military and their families. The Blewitt Foundation has joined with The Yellow Ribbon Fund and UMUC to form Pillars of Strength, a scholarship fund for the caregivers for our critically wounded service members.