3 Questions for…Retiring Richline Group CEO Dennis Ulrich

In May, Dennis Ulrich, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway–owned ­Richline Group, announced he would be retiring and would hand the reins over to Richline president Dave Meleski. Here, Ulrich talks with JCK about how he first got in touch with—and what he’s learned from—Berkshire chairman and CEO Warren Buffett.  How was your business, Bel-Oro International, acquired by Warren Buffett? In 2007, I had decided to sell my business, and I was talking to ­different private equity firms. I ­talked to [Ben Bridge CEO] Ed Bridge and he said, “I’m willing to introduce you [to Buffett].” Probably a week later I was ­speaking to Buffett on the phone, and he asked me three things: “What have you done with your business? Where can you take the business? And how much do you want for the business?” I said, “Can I have a little time to get back to you?” He said, “Sure. I have all t
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