Name: Richard “Rich” Breeden
Birthplace and/or where you grew up: Waynesboro, VA
Where do you currently call home? Spotsylvania, VA
Occupation: Vice President, Kingfisher Systems, Inc.
Favorite part about the job: My favorite part of my job is being able to use my business acumen and diverse technical skills to address new challenges along with my team for our national security clients. Every day, I feel privileged to wake up and face the day of challenges ahead. It isn’t always easy, but I get to stay current on emerging technologies and how they impact our daily lives.
Your first job ever: Working summers on a family friend’s farm during my high school years.
Favorite Book/Currently Reading: Favorite Book: Diplomacy by Dr. Henry Kissinger Current Book: I’m currently reading Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History by Ted Sorensen
Comfort Food: Bourbon meatloaf with mashed potatoes
What’s playing in your car right now? The Man – The Killers
Addicted to podcasts? What are the top three you listen to? Not necessarily addicted, but I listen to FiveThirtyEight Politics, The Institute of World Politics, and Bearing Drift.
Next journey? Aspen, CO
Favorite Virginia destination? So many favorite destinations in my home state; the Blue Ridge Mountains, Barboursville, Virginia Beach, Montpelier, Monticello, Williamsburg, Culpeper, to name a few.
First political memory? 1976 Republican Convention
Best advice you ever received? In life you need to work until you no longer have to introduce yourself to others.
If you could have dinner with anyone currently living, whom would it be and why? Elon Musk. I’d like to talk about and share my ideas on future technologies to better understand the political implications we will have to face.
One thing most people would be surprised to learn about you? I’ve driven a tank down the narrow streets around Bicester, England.
Ambition, political or otherwise? Having already served in the military, I once again hear a calling to serve others and know that I can have a real impact on several issues that are affecting our Commonwealth. I see that my family, friends, and neighbors will need my leadership and background to address those future challenges head on.
Favorite part about the PLP so far? My PLP 2018 classmates. We have such a diverse group of leaders, all talented and dedicated to improving the Commonwealth of Virginia and our Nation.