Mr. Richard L. Green '73 - 2008 ETSU Foundation Margin of Excellence Award

Richard L. Green

Richard L. "Dick" Green has fond memories of his college experience as a students at East Tennessee State University and places a high value on the excellent education he received. Graduating with a degree in Business in 1973, Dick started his career as a management trainee with General Shale Brick. He is currently President and CEO of General Shale, one of the largest brick and exterior building materials manufacturers in North America, with more than 2,600 employees in nineteen states and Canada.

In 1999, General Shale became part of Wienerberger, AG, headquartered in Vienna, Austria. Wienerberger is the largest brick company in the world with operations in 23 countries. Green serves as a member of the Wienerberger Management Committee. Green embraces a mentoring philosophy that allows employs to fully develop their potential. Under Green's leadership the company has experienced the greatest growth in its eighty-year history and now has an active and structured program in place to encourage employee involvement at every level in the organization.

Born and reared in Johnson City, Green has worked most of his life in the East Tennessee area. Green's leadership in the brick industry earned him a spot of the Brick Industry Association's board of directors where he served as chairman from 2006-2008. He served as the chairman of the BIA's Brick Manufactures Council from 2003 to 2004 and as president of the Southern Brick Institute from 1998 to 1999.

Community service has been an important part of Dick's life. He is proud of his affiliation with the Boy Scouts of America and has served as president of the Sequoyah Council. He dedicated his energy in the organization to help develop the traditions of integrity and hard work that he values in his own personal life. He has also served on the AmSouth Bank Board (now Regions Bank), the board of directors of Northeast State Technical Community College Foundation and as a member of Tennessee School of Architecture's Board of Advisors. He is a life long member of Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church in Johnson City.

Dick was a driving force behind the establishment of a unique brick wall for the Alumni Gallery in the D.P. Culp University Center for ETSU's Outstanding Alumni. The Gray Fossil Site bears the General Shale Brick name reflecting the importance of our partnership with General Shale Brick to fully develop the Gray Fossil Site and General Shale Brick Natural History Museum and Visitors Center with the university. His leadership has made many endeavors possible in the General Shale Brick/ETSU partnership.

Dick's association with ETSU is a lifelong family affair. His mother, father and other members of his family graduated from ETSU. During his college days, Green was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He met his wife of 32 years, Karen Carden Green, class of 1971, while attending ETSU. They have two sons and two granddaughters.

Dick is a member of he ETSU Foundation board of directors and, in the past, he served on the ETSU Alumni Association's board of directors. In 2004, the ETSU Alumni Association named him "Outstanding Alumnus." Hard work, moral character, and the ability to work well with others have been the hallmarks of Dick Green's professional career and personal life.