Mr. Cochran is a nationally renowned conservationist who serves as President and CEO of Western Reserve Land Conservancy, a nonprofit operating in Northeast Ohio and its environs.
MORELAND HILLS, OH, August 13, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Rich Cochran has been inducted into Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Mr. Cochran is a nationally renowned conservationist who serves as President and CEO of Western Reserve Land Conservancy (the Land Conservancy), a nonprofit operating in Northeast Ohio and its environs. He was the first employee of the organization (formerly known as Chagrin River Land Conservancy) and has led its growth through corporate mergers of 13 land conservancies. Today the Land Conservancy generates more than $20 million in annual revenues, employs about 50 people, and has preserved more than 57,000 acres in its history. Under his leadership, the Land Conservancy has increased net assets (exclusive of land) from $50,000 in 1995 to $14.5 million today. During the same period, preserved land has grown by more than 56,000 acres (valued at more than $500 million). Mr. Cochran is widely viewed as a visionary in the field of land conservation due to his leadership in urban revitalization and connecting people with nature in their daily lives.
For his exemplary efforts and accomplishments, Mr. Cochran was inducted into the Hiram College Garfield Society, was presented with the Conservation Award from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and was recognized as the CEO of the Year by Crain's Cleveland Business Magazine. He served as chairman of the Cleveland Chapter of Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), is an alumnus of Leadership Cleveland, and has served on numerous boards of directors, including as a founder of Chagrin River Watershed Partners.
Mr. Cochran was inspired to work in the field of conservation while backpacking across America in 1991 and 1992. He experienced the majesty and beauty of primordial wilderness areas, and he was stunned by the devastation left behind by clear-cut logging practices. On that fateful backpacking journey, he wrote a personal vision statement, which has guided his efforts ever since, to preserve land for the benefit of people. Mr. Cochran is a student of A. Parthasarathy, an eminent exponent of Vedanta, an ancient philosophy originated in India. He lives in Shaker Heights with his wife, three daughters, and two dogs.
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