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Richard O. Warther, President and CEO, Vanguard ID Systems, Inc.

Bar code industry pioneer Rick Warther has been in the Auto ID industry since 1979. Prior to founding Vanguard ID Systems in 1987, he worked for the Graphic Technology and Data Documents Systems divisions of Pitney Bowes in Kansas City, Kansas. He also served as Vice President of Sales for Ampersand Data Graphics in Needham, Massachusetts.

A successful entrepreneur and leading innovator, Warther holds 35 United States Patents for bar coded, magnetic striped and radio frequency (RFID) transaction devices. He was the first to laser print on plastic, creating the first bar coded membership/ID card. He invented the first bar coded key tag. To date, Vanguard ID Systems has issued more than 3 billion of these popular tags. He also pioneered “Flip Chip” RFID key tags for contactless transactions.

Warther is listed in Who’s Who in Business and Industry.  Warther was recently named an AIDC 100 member and is among the 100 Top Automatic Identification People Worldwide.

In his leisure time, Warther enjoys aviation and other pursuits. He holds a private pilot’s license (instrument rated) and volunteers as an Angel Flight pilot, providing medical air transportation for patients in need. He also serves on the board of the American Helicopter Museum. Warther has also served as a Championship Auto Racing Technical Official (CART).

He holds a bachelor of science degree in Communications from Kent State University. In 2011, Kent State University honored him with the Centennial Award. In 2017, Warther was named an Abundance 360 Member.

Richard O. Warther was awarded the Significant Sig Award by Sigma Chi Fraternity. His chapter recognized his service throughout his career and honored him with this award in 2017.

Vanguard ID Systems' CEO wins the

“Steve Byrnes Going The Distance” Award!

 

The Steve Byrnes “Going the Distance” Award was started in 2015 to honor our great friend and Fox NASCAR broadcaster. Steve was an incredibly hard worker and such a talented broadcaster. He was a great ambassador for the autism community and for the Drive. We lost Steve three years ago after a brave two year battle. Each year at the Drive we now honor Steve’s memory with this distinguished award.

 Richard O. “Rick” Warther founded Vanguard Identification Systems, Inc. in 1987 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer and President. Mr. Warther has been in the Auto ID industry since 1979. Rick founded Vanguard ID Systems to manufacture bar coded retail transaction cards. Since 1987, Vanguard has produced over 3 Billion of their transaction products.

 A successful entrepreneur and innovator, Rick holds 35 United States Patents for bar coded, magnetic striped and radio frequency (RFID) transaction devices.

 Rick manufactured and donated membership cards for Autism Delaware. Rick is listed in Who’s Who in Business and Industry. He is also a Program Facilitator for Strategic Coach, which provides a forum where successful entrepreneurs can strategize. He holds a private pilot’s license (instrument rated) and volunteers as an Angel Flight Pilot, providing medical air transportation for patients in need. He also served as a Championship Auto Racing Technical Official (CART). He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications from Kent State University.

 Rick continues to give his time by serving others through nonprofit organizations such as Tons of Turkeys, which provides turkeys to Philadelphia families in need. Rick and his daughters began Tons of Turkeys in 2008 and have donated more than 10,000 turkeys to families for their Thanksgiving meals. Rick was also a recent recipient of the Mark V. Anderson Character-in-Action Leadership Award, which honors members who give their time to help others and their communities. Rick received the 2011 Kent State Centennial Award, the highest honor given by the school in recognition of professional achievement and renowned contributions to one’s profession or life’s work relating to the field of communication.

 

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ARTICLE FROM THE 
PHILADELPHIA BUSINESS JOURNAL, July 11-17, 2008

Warther is also a philanthropist; he uses his good fortune to bring happiness to others in need. He and his family formed Tons of Turkeys, a non-profit out of East Goshen whose mission is to deliver Thanksgiving turkeys to families in need throughout the Philadelphia area.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ARTICLE FROM THE DAILY LOCAL NEWS, NOVEMBER 21, 2012.

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