Alumni Association Hosts Insperity President,UH Bauer Alum Richard Rawson
Insperity President and UH Bauer alum Richard Rawson (’72) led his remarks before a packed meeting room at the Houston City Club during the March breakfast gathering of the Bauer Alumni Association with an homage to his alma mater.
“The University of Houston taught me how to think,” Rawson said. “One of the most privileged events of my life was to deliver the Bauer College commencement address two years ago.”
Rawson recounted many occasions when he would need to tap what he learned at UH. From witnessing questionable bookkeeping practices early in his career to establishing accounting and financial standards for the staffing industry, Rawson heaped praise on his experience at UH.
He found accounting and finance courses to be vital and credits the knowledge he gained to helping apply important principles and standards throughout his career. As one of Insperity’s founders, Rawson has helped build the company into the nation’s leading professional employer organization.
“We took the concept of human resources, benefits management and payroll and created a business at a time when no one wanted to touch this stuff,” he said, referring to Insperity’s start up year of 1986. The company steadily grew because it served small to medium size business.
“We offer small to medium sized businesses solutions…we help them manage strategic HR services,” Rawson said. He also emphasized that small business would help lead the U.S. out of the current economic crisis. “Small business is the lifeblood of our economy.” Insperity has licenses in 35 states.
Rawson serves on Bauer College’s Dean’s Executive Board. He told attendees how impressive the board members were and exulted that most were Bauer alumni.