In Memorial: Ricklin-Echikson Associates (REA) Founder and Chairman, Herb Ricklin
Herbert R. Ricklin, REA’s Chairman and Founder has passed away peacefully after months of illness. His daughter, Susan Ginsberg is the V.P. Global Services and Business Development and had the privilege of working side-by-side with Herb, Lorraine Bello and the REA Team in developing REA’s business into a global brand.
Herb’s exceptional negotiation abilities, entrepreneurial spirit, and keen vision made his leadership invaluable to REA. In 1981, Herb had the uncanny insight to identify the need to support the spouses/partners of relocated employees. As a pioneer in the relocation industry, he established a business model to support dual career spouses in their destination location which provided the catalyst for the company’s global footprint.
With over 30 years experience in human resources, labor relations and benefits administration, he oversaw the business development and financial operations of the company he founded. For more than 20 years Herb held the position of Corporate Vice President, Human Resources and Labor Relations, for major retail company E.J. Korvettes, Inc. and its affiliates employing over 40,000 people.
Also the founder and President of a successful Labor Relations/Benefits Consulting firm headquartered in Millburn, New Jersey, Herb was been actively involved with the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans for over 20 years. He served three terms on the Foundation’s Board of Directors, participated in numerous committees, and been a frequent speaker and panelist at International Foundation conferences and other forums. In addition to authoring multiple articles in Foundation publications on benefit administration and investment policy, Herb co-authored the book Changing Faces in Pension Management published by Investors Press. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Temple University and has done graduate work at Drexel, Rutgers and St. Peter’s College.
Herb will be remembered as a highly intelligent and dignified gentleman. He was respected, admired and loved by all who knew him.
Herb’s wishes were that donations be made to Central Synagogue, New York City, NY (http://www.centralsynagogue.org/index.php/donate/) or to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (http://www.mskcc.org/giving).
Thank you for your many years of support and valued partnership. On behalf of the Ricklin family and REA, we appreciate your warm thoughts and condolences.