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Believing is Only the Beginning

Richard Stearns brought nearly 25 years of corporate experience to World Vision when he became its president in June 1998. Stearns holds a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. His professional career began in marketing with the Gillette Company. From 1977 to 1985, he held various roles with Parker Brothers Games, culminating in his appointment as president in 1984. In 1985, he became a vice president at the Franklin Mint, then joined Lenox in 1987 as president of Lenox Collections. In 1995, Stearns was named president and chief executive officer of Lenox Inc., overseeing three divisions, six manufacturing facilities, 4,000 employees, and $500 million in annual sales.

As president of World Vision, United States, Stearns is responsible for fundraising among American donors, program management, and advocacy to the U.S. government on behalf of the poor and oppressed. Working in about 100 countries, World Vision is a Christian relief and development organization dedicated to helping children and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty.

Rich Stearns is the award-winning author of The Hole in Our Gospel (Thomas Nelson) which earned ECPA’s 2009 Christian Book of the Year Award. His latest title is Unfinished: Becoming the Person You Were Meant to Be by Embracing the Mission You Were Made to Fulfill (Thomas Nelson) which is set to release April 2013.

Stearns and his wife, Reneé, have been World Vision supporters since 1984. The couple has five children and lives in Bellevue, Washington.

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