Munson was born in Chicago but raised primarily on an 800
acre dairy/wheat farm in North Dakota. "Cold"
takes on a new meaning on the windswept plains of North Dakota.
He returned to Chicago at the age of 15. Richard was educated
in the Chicago area at the University of Illinois and the
Chicago Teachers College. He holds two degrees with advanced
education at IIT and San Jose State. He has taught business
subjects in the Chicago and the San Jose school systems at
the high school and junior college levels.
entered the corporate world in the 1960's, rising through
the ranks of a national corporation.
mid-1970's, during the first major "Oil Crisis"
in America, Richard saw "Acres of Diamonds" in the
residential insulation industry. He formed his own manufacturing
business in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has held officer-level
positions in three major national insulation companies (Shelder
Shield, Thermolite and par/PAC) while concurrently
serving as CEO of C.M.C., The Cellulose Marketing Council.
As chairman of C.M.C., he was able to lecture in the building
science field in numerous foreign countries including Australia,
China, Japan, Germany and England. He also assisted the sheet
metal workers' labor unions in those countries in their development
of exposure standards to airborne respirable mineral inorganic
fibers including asbestos, rockwool and fiberglass.
for insulation installer safety landed him on the front cover
of the Wall Street Journal in 1989. Richard has been a major
financial supporter of lung cancer research by the Mt. Sinai
medical Center and the University of Southern California Medical
Today Richard is President of par/PAC Inc., a Maine
corporation located in South Bristol. par/PAC administers
licensee agreements with distributors from Alaska to Ireland,
as well as working with architects and builders of energy
efficient homes across North America.