J. Richard Lindler
Director, Business Development

In the economic development industry, you can’t be bashful about making calls, asking questions and sharing support. Staying in touch with economic development allies is key to the success of all.

Associate in Applied Science, civil engineering technology
Midlands Technical College
Columbia, South Carolina

Associate in Applied Science, architectural engineering technology
Midlands Technical College
Columbia, South Carolina

Professional Affiliations
South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association
Southern Economic Development Council
Committee of 100
German American Chambers of Commerce (GACC-South)

Richard Lindler has history.

From the land grant that brought his ancestor Jacob to South Carolina in 1752 and through the seven generations since, the 92-acre Lindler family farm has been passed down and preserved in present-day Lexington County. The family graveyard, Richard says, is home to nearly two dozen Lindler headstones, and it’s not unusual to find local streets and roadways bearing his forebears’ names. Collecting and cataloging the artifacts he finds in the forests and fields has been a lifelong passion, and a more recent interest in genealogy research, started online, has taken him to southern Germany, Jacob’s point of departure.

True to his tenacious character, Richard means business when it comes to making solid connections and building lasting relationships. As Carlisle’s director of business development for more than three decades, he has deep ties to the regional economic development community and he keeps his ear to the ground for opportunities to form beneficial alliances among industrial prospects, counties, developers and other providers.

Richard sees his role as the helpful man in the middle, laying the foundation for long-term shared success in the competitive, often-confidential environment of economic development. He stays in the know by staying on the road, in meetings, on the phone, on Skype and at social gatherings and business functions, and he maintains active membership in virtually every county, state and regional economic development organization. Clients appreciate his years of experience in the construction industry – he started when he was in high school – and his understanding of the unique requirements of industrial facilities.

Meanwhile, back at the farm, Richard now spends more time on his John Deere tractor than in the pilot’s seat of his Cessna 172, making the acreage suitable for Angus cattle and timber production as well as a more hospitable wildlife habitat. To preserve the historic property and structures in perpetuity, he has established a conservation easement with the Congaree Land Trust.

It seems that it’s in Richard’s DNA to always take the long view.