richard ADLER



Richard still serves the community at SCORE and bunks off to play golf as much as much and as often as he can.


Richard H. Adler, Chapter Chair
North Coast SCORE

SCORE or the SCORE Association, was previously known as the Service Corps of Retired Executives, but is now recognized as SCORE, “Counselors to America’s Small Business.” SCORE provides free business mentoring services to entrepreneurs in the United States. The organization also presents business workshops and seminars for a fee. Business mentoring services are provided by both active and retired business executives and entrepreneurs who donate their time and expertise as mentors to assist new and established small businesses. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration and is based in Herndon, Virginia.

North Coast SCORE serves small businesses in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Lake and Humboldt counties. Their highly experienced business mentors provide FREE one-on-one business consulting, an extensive series of classes, and a variety of programs to support existing business or provide guidance on starting a new one.

Richard Adler has a BS in Business Administration from Ohio University and a JD from Cleveland State University. He passed the Ohio Bar in 1968. Specialties include restaurant operations, franchising, real estate, small business development, and construction. 

After 20 years of multi-faceted commercial real estate experience, he founded Richard Adler Associates in 1988. The firm became a formidable real estate brokerage/ consulting company exclusively representing the office projects of Richard Jacobs, one of the country’s largest mall developers, including the leasing of the 57-story Key Tower designed by Cesar Pelli and 40-story Erieview Tower.

In 1991, Mr. Adler and a partner bought the rights to an Applebee’s franchise and built the group from 1 to 22 restaurants with 2,000 employees, and then successfully sold the business in 1998.  In 2002, Mr. Adler and another partner were the first to be awarded the franchise rights for a Panera Bread Bakery Cafe in California with territorial rights to North Los Angeles.  Five locations were established with four more in development before the franchise was sold to another Panera Bread franchise group.