Richard L. Dent
President and CEO
Richard Dent was an All-Pro defensive end for the Chicago Bears and a member of the 1985 NFL Champions, which can claim to be the best team in NFL history. He was selected the MVP of Super Bowl XX, and continues to be the Bears all-time sacks leader.
After a long and successful NFL career, and bringing the same competitive desire and work ethic he exhibited on the gridiron, Mr. Dent formed his own firm, RLD Resources, LLC (RLD) in the early 1990’s. RLD holds MBE (Minority Business Enterprise) certificates with the City of Chicago, Cook County, the State of Illinois and the Federal General Services Administration.
RLD Resources has provided integrated voice, data, and Internet based solutions aimed at helping growing businesses compete more effectively online in the 21st century. RLD has helped its clients optimize their electricity purchasing decisions, evaluating multiple alternative retail electric suppliers’ offerings to determine the best and most cost-effective fit for clients. RLD Resources also analyzes how electricity and natural gas are being used in its client’s operations and provides suggestions for reductions in energy usage and management as well as providing green services which include lighting retrofit and renewable gas and electric. The goal of RLD’s services is to maximize client savings.
In addition to providing comprehensive energy and telecommunications consulting, RLD Resources holds a FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) license to provide for the sale of energy, capacity and ancillary services at market-based rates. Mr. Dent has said, “I am honored to participate in the sale of electricity for the City of Chicago, saving residences and small business owners thousands of dollars.”
Richard Dent is the Founder of the Make a Dent Foundation, a Chicago-based not-for-profit that facilitates the advancement of inventive ways to help people help themselves and those around them lead productive and satisfying lives. Founded in 1989 in memory of his mother, with the primary goal of improving the lives of children, the Foundation’s mission has evolved to respond to a broader range of community and social needs. The Make a Dent Foundation is currently one of a group of business and social entities, including RLD Resources, that is creating the new Great Lakes Center for Energy Smart Communities—a model that creates sustainable energy eco-systems in Illinois communities.
In addition to Mr. Dent’s commitment to his Make a Dent Foundation,he sits on the board of the Illinois Literacy Foundation and the Chicago Sports Commission.
Mr. Dent served as the Assistant Defensive Line Coach, for the Chicago Bears 2003 season, while he continued to oversee RLD Resources’ operations. He was inducted into the Tennessee and Georgia Hall of Fame and in 2011 elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.