Richard is a former Officer in the US Army Reserve and was among the first Peace Corps Volunteers, participating on the first U.S. Outward Bound training in Puerto Rico in preparation for leadership and service in the Philippines. He continued his connection with Outward Bound and experiential learning and as an educational leader and business executive in the US and Venezuela.
Holzman holds BA and MS degrees from Hofstra University ,a Doctorate in Education from UMass Amherst and is an International Diplomate in Educational Leadership.
He was a Fulbright Scholar and Group Leader in the Republic of China .
Richard's wife is also a former teacher and principal. Their two adult daughters are graduates of the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School. Their adult son was a member of a school-based outdoor leadership training program led by the renowned South American explorer, Charles Brewer Carias of Venezuela.
Richard was one of the first people in the United States to recognize the power of Expeditionary Leadership and Outward Bound principles and among the first to bring these principles into school system and organizational reform. As he reflected in Outward Bound Lessons To Live A Life of Leadership: "One of the lessons I learned is that the way you show gratitude is you let other people climb on your shoulders. That has been what has sustained me my whole career, the whole notion of servant leadership." I couldn't agree more.