Richard Barrington was born in New York City in 1961. While growing up he spent time in New York, Washington, DC, and Oxford, England. His professional writing career began in high school as a part-time reporter for a local newspaper, and before graduation he became a National Merit Scholarship Finalist.



Richard attended St. John Fisher College, where he continued to pursue his interests in writing and communication. He became an editor of the college's literary magazine, The Angle, and Station Manager of the campus radio station, WJFR. During his senior year, he was awarded the school's prize for English and Communications. He graduated magna cum laude in 1983, having earned a BA in Communications.



Shortly after graduation, Richard joined Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor. Starting in an entry-level operations position, he worked his way up to become head of marketing and client service, an owner of the firm, and a member of its governing Executive Committee. His efforts contributed to the firm's growth from slightly over $1 billion in assets under management when he joined, to over $12 billion in 2006. While at Manning & Napier, Richard earned the Chartered Financial Analyst ® (CFA ®) designation from the Association of Investment Management and Research (now the "CFA Institute").



In August, 2006, Richard retired from the investment business to pursue a writing career. Since then, he has worked as a freelance writer on a variety of business topics, and has also written manuscripts for three books. One is a book on business communication entitled That's Not What You Said! and the other two are novels: Sex & Delusion on Madison Avenue and The Illusion of Armor. He lives in the Rochester, NY area with his wife of 20+ years and two teenage sons. His hobbies include running and exercise, playing guitar and motorcycling.