RICHARD GILBERT

Richard Gilbert, co-facilitator

Richard Gilbert will be co-facilitating the Okoboji Writers’ Retreat. He began his career at the age of 15 when he was paid 5 cents a column inch for local features that appeared in the Seymour Herald.

At the age of 20, he went to work for the Harlan Tribune and News-Advertiser. At 27 he was editor of the Iowa REC News. At the age of 29 he bought the Eagle Grove Eagle and was editor and co-publisher. His writing career took on another form when he served as Governor Bob Ray’s press secretary, a position from which he was plucked to join the corporate ranks of The Des Moines Register and Tribune Company, the capstone of which was when he was named president. His resume includes many bullets points (I do hope he writes a memoir) however for the purpose of the Okoboji Writers’ Retreat, he became a superb facilitator through his roles as lead director of various corporate boards and as a 25-year chair of a business CEO group.

Gilbert and his life partner, wife, and organizer of the Okoboji Writers’ Retreat, live in Des Moines, Okoboji and Punta Gorda, Fl.