Richard Lorenzen is an American entrepreneur, speaker and investor. He is the founder and CEO of Fifth Avenue Brands, a New York public relations firm providing media relations, strategic planning and crisis management to the technology, finance and policy sectors.
Born as the child of a New York City fireman and a journalist, Richard developed an interest in entrepreneurship and technology at a young age, which led him to start his first online business venture at the age of 15. His early dive into the emerging space of digital marketing allowed him to build a fast-growing marketing agency which became a launch pad for his career ever since.
Richard is regularly cited as one of the most influential millennial entrepreneurs in America. He has been featured in CNBC, Fox News, Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, AdWeek and more. Inc. Magazine named him one of the most inspirational entrepreneurs of 2017, while Entrepreneur Magazine ranked him as one of the top 50 people in digital marketing. He received an award for Entrepreneur of the Year at the Smart Hustle Conference in New York in 2018.
Richard is a frequent keynote speaker on the topics of entrepreneurship and foreign policy, and is active in mentoring youth entrepreneurs through organizations such as Junior Achievement. He has spoken at the United Nations; universities such as Lake Forest College, Ottawa University, Wells College and Baruch College; more than a dozen US high schools; and business conferences across North America, Europe and Asia.
He is a member of the foreign policy organization Concordia and the Young Entrepreneur Council, the board of directors of Eurasia Group Foundation, and a founding member of the Forbes Agency Council.