The visionary behind Local Heroes International is responsible for guiding the design and development of a next generation global platform similar to the debit and credit networks controlled by Visa and MasterCard. Coined by the developers as the “3rd Rail”, the Platform provides a rules-based engine that can manage transactions in unique ways to accommodate a variety of economic and humanitarian models. The Platform, (GeN “X-2”) can instantly add measurable value to any electronic transaction; transactions that are based on precise program criteria and the exact moment in time a Cardholder initiates a transaction.
Richard and his team of loyal followers have guided the evolution of the GeN-"X" Platform, benefiting from recent development of wireless transaction devices and enhancements to communications infrastructure, (GPRS Network). These transaction devices, including wireless handhelds terminals have made it possible to carry transaction packets over the GeN "X" Platform to some of the most remote areas in the world.
Richard has developed and overseen the implementation of two successful (1st of their kind), Programs in Canada while president of his former company. On Campus Rewards, a college loyalty Program successfully ran for 3 years. His company's other pilot Program in Vancouver, Dine One Rewards with over 1500 merchants resulted in the company's original proof of concept which has expanded over the years. The immediate benefits to Cardholders at the point of sale combined with charitable giving and the instant capture of transactional information has proven to be an attractive business model for Program Cardholders, Merchants and Nonprofit organizations alike.