"I want to thank you for putting pictures from my India workshop on the "take great pictures" website. The response has been quite overwhelming. Aside from all the favorable comments on the website, I have received requests from several of my high-income clients to do the same workshop next year. Also, after I showed them the camera I used exclusively on the trip (a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ-50), four of them have already placed orders for one.
I do believe that this camera, with its multitude of professional features, is possibly the ultimate pro-sumer model for the traveling photographer. I will be back in DC by Jan 10th, and am excited about working with you on the workshop project."
- Mr.Suresh Shivdasani, Photo Enthusiest
December 2, 1998
Mr. Richard Rabinowitz
Vice President/Group Publishers
Hachette Filipacchi Magazines
New York, New York 10019
Dear Mr. Rabinowitz:
The First Lady was delighted you were able to join her at the White House on October 7 for the Coming Up Taller Awards Ceremony.
I have enclosed a photograph which she thought you might like as a memento of this very special day.
I send along my thanks to you as well as my best wishes for a happy holiday season.
Capricia Penavic Marshall
- Hillary Clinton, First Lady of the USA
"I've known Richard Rabinowitz for many, many years. He's fun to work with, delivers what he promises and possesses a level of integrity and honesty that's rare. Whatever his next project is, I'm in."
- Richard Darrow, President (ToCAD)
"Richard is an extremely resourceful and creative force. When he was in Rhode Island doing a photo trek in the city of Providence, we had a group of trekkers shooting our city's multi-scensory WaterFire exhibit. The artistic show featuring more than 100 fires along our riverfront, and is a visually spectacular experience. Richard got the great idea of shooting the row of fires from up above, and decided that what they needed was a cherry picker to capture the view from a more interesting vantage point. On a Saturday night, during an event that draws more than 40,000 people to Rhode Island's Capital City, and involves lots of cooperative fire and police details, Richard decided to call the head of the Providence Fire Department and see if he could get that cherry picker. An hour or so later, I shook my head in disbelief as the cherry picker arrived and our group of trekkers got a great bird's eye view of the show. He's creative and adventurous.... maybe even a little bit crazy, but above all he makes it happen!"
- Melissa Devine, Marketing Coordinator (Rhode Island Tourism)
"Richard, good luck in your new business venture. We look forward to working with you in the future. Thanks to your photo connections, energy and creativity our Q! Fundraiser was particularly successful."
- Joi Gordon, CEO (Dress for Success Worldwide)
"Richard, I hope we can continue our mutually productive projects as you develop them for Rainmaker. Your vision and follow through are a welcome combination in any partnership."
- Mrs.Sarah O. Hanley, Director - Strategic Accounts (Carlson Hotels Worldwide Regent International Hotels, Radisson Hotels & Resorts, Park Plaza, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson, Park Inn)
"As I head out for PDN, I am remembering all of the wonderful times we had together and the great number of successful projects you built with me as your partner. I learned so much and I don't think there is any person on our side of the business who knows, (and loves!), so many photographers the way you do!! The big one I admire most is when you sent an e-mail out to your contacts and in a week got over 70 top professional photographers to donate prints and noteworthy equipment for The Tsunami Effort. It really impressed the sponsors as well!!
I can not thank you enough for all of the opportunites you have given me, you are truly amazing and I hope that we can one day work together again."
- Ms.Lauren M. Jaeger, West Coast Director (Photo District News)
"Happy New Year to you and your family! I hope you had a relaxing vacation. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all that you have done to help me both as a journalist and in my new role here at Fenton. I appreciate your strategic advice and great contacts surrounding the National Geographic book release of “The Other Side of War: Women’s Stories of Survival and Hope.”
When I was producing at NBC, you quickly introduced me to a great national photographer working in New Orleans to feature on the Today Show. It was a highly rated segment and I think one of the more riveting stories on Katrina. I know the photographer was extremely pleased and it wouldn’t have happened if you didn’t help us find him with such short notice.
Most recently, you reached out to help us with our work on Darfur by connecting a group, which compiled a traveling exhibit of gripping photographs from the frontlines of the genocide in Darfur. Your contacts with photographers, gallery owners, sponsors and other non-profit organizations proved to be incredibly valuable to the success of DARFUR/DARFUR. You were a critical part of a global grassroots movement to raise awareness of the issue through the power of photography.
Thanks for your kindness throughout the years."
- Mr.Lai Ling Jew, Communications Director (Fenton Communications)
"I checked out your website, it looks great. I wanted to wish you tremendous success with your new venture. Knowing that the Mentor Series was conceived in your mind and then first brought to life on the streets of New York and hosting 40 readers in your living room, I’m sure that your service will deliver tremendous success to whoever signs on."
- Beth Lusko, Liquor & Automotive Manager (Conde Nast Traveler)
"Richard, I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for having gotten us at Kodak in contact with Ben Folds. It was all the more impressive given the two day notice we gave you. The weekend with Ben was outstanding. Ben is personable, very knowledgable about photography, and a Kodak Tri-X shooter. You are now two-for-two with me (the first being when you bailed me out when I was head of the PMDA program and you got Rudy Guiliani to speak at the PMDA dinner pro bono). Thanks... You're in the Kodak film for life club."
- Larry Morgan, Marketing Director (Kodak)
"I expect successful projects from Rainmaker Marketing Services based on my direct experience with you on past programs. You possess a rare combination of talents including an understanding of the positioning and business goals of tourism marketers. You have the ability to creatively accommodate their goals and remain attentive to follow through by giving attention to all details until the project is completed."
- Frederique Raeymaekers, Director North America (Belgian Tourist Office)
"I like doing projects with Richard. He's not only smart and creative--more than most people I know--but once you shake hands he comes through every time, no matter what obstacles come up."
-David Ritz, President/CEO, Ritz Camera Centers
- David Ritz, President/CEO (Ritz Camera Centers)
"Richard Rabinowitz is a rainmaker in the classic sense: bringing manufacturers, retailers and consumers together. No matter what the challenge at hand, Richard works creatively to find a solution. For example, when the Japanese American Association of New York raised half a million dollars for the September 11th fund, they wanted to personally present it to Mayor Giuliani. Everyone tried for months to arrange the meeting, but nothing seemed to work. Sam Kusumoto, honorary president of JAA and chairperson emeritus of the Minolta Corporation was particularly pleased that Richard was somehow able to make it happen. Knowing that Giuliani was a photo enthusiast, who was represented at a gallery in town, he networked from that starting point and it wasn't too long after that everybody was shaking hands with Giuliani in his office. In fact, it was the very last meeting that Giuliani had before his farewell speech, which took place immediately following the JAA photo op."
- Jon Sienkiewicz (Photo Industry Reporter)
"Richard's charisma and creativity are backed up with attention to detail and a commitment to maintenance and comprehensive follow through."
- Chris Spring
"Thank you for giving me the opportunity to implement the photo mentor series program. It was wonderful to be a part of your vision and watch the program come to fruition. You were very forward thinking in taking marketing to the next level with this workshop series, and I am proud to have been a part of it. All parties involved from world renowned photographers to the attendees found the program to be rewarding and a huge success. I know we share the same passion and I am sure our paths will continue to cross."
- Jamie Spritzer, Co-Founder (D-65)
"The Assignment America project is going beautifully and your idea of the retailer ambassadors across the country has been an impressive bonus. All of us are so pleased that you were able to place 40 of them to promote the concept in the top Kodak stores, which must have been quite an organizational challenge. You pulled it off without any problems and we thank you!"
- Ms.Sharon Tczap, World Wide Marketing (Kodak)
"As we start the new year I wanted to take a moment and thank you for all your hard work on the DARFUR/DARFUR exhibition. We are thrilled that you have been able to arrange so quickly for the FORMA photography museum in Milan to accept the show of digital projections and are very happy that you are working with potential sponsor sources to assist in the donation of digital projectors for the remainder of the international tour.
In addition, as you are working on a pro bono basis, your willingness to step in and assist this humanitarian cause is most appreciated – to spend this much time with us without any financial compensation is a deeply appreciated gesture."
- Leslie Thomas, Curator, DARFUR/DARFUR (DARFUR/DARFUR)
"Richard, I will always appreciate your time and help toward building my career as a professional photographer. The workshops you organized provided the training and challenges necessary to push my photography to the "next level," and the locations and amazing photo ops set up by your team were well planned. I also appreciate your specific help in making me successful in a life long dream."
- Mr.Brent Bergherm, Photographer (Brent Bergherm Photography)
"I have been a photo enthusiast for some years but my proficiency greatly improved after my first mentor weekend that Richard organized. Through the years I have been able to have my work improve due to the many interactions with professional photographers that have been arranged by Richard. I look forward to participating in his future endeavors."
- Mr.Jed M. Best, Photo Enthusiast
"Very too few people make very good things happen! Richard, your development of the 'Mentorseries' has created an opportunity of a lifetime for photo enthusiasts both nationally and internationally. Having attended several 'Mentorseries' workshops it is obvious to me that your leadership, and creativity has made a significant difference to my approach to the art of photography. The opportunity to be taught by world renown professional photographers is absolutely a dream come true. Richard, you are without a doubt, a true exponent of the principle of sustained excellence. Once again, I am positive you will be successful, and many others will benefit from your proven talents."
- Mr.Walt Carter, Human Resources Manager (Retired) for AT&T
"When you persuaded that tour bus driver to pull off to the side of the road in Morocco, I said to myself, "This guy can do anything." I owe you big time for that day because the photograph it allowed me to take ended up being used in a Nikon F100 ad, the first time I was ever published."
- Frank Gregorek, Partner (Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP)
“I have met Richard Rabinowitz for the first time at the very first Mentor Series workshop in NYC that I have decided to take after very long sabbatical from the photography. His passion for photography and vision for developing Mentor Series was very instrumental in making this excellent program a complete success. I have participated in few workshops where I also had a chance to travel together with Richard and see him in action making every single trip an incredible memory for all the participants. These workshops helped me to get back to photography on different, more professional level. Without Richard’s vision, drive, dedication and help I don’t think I would succeed in publishing my work and participate in numerous gallery shows.”
- Mr.Mikhail Kudish, Photographer
"Richard [and his teams] make it happen! Whether on a paddlewheel cruise on the Mississippi River, with three outstanding mentors, or a phototrek to Ireland, it all comes together with wit, passion, efficiency, and total commitment. Richard inspires us to grow artistically and personally."
- Mr.Stephen Sholl, Amateur Photographer and Clinical Psychologist
"As a trial lawyer. I have had the good fortune in my lifetime to travel all over this wonderful planet of ours. On my travels, I have always enjoyed the best travel accommodations available. As an amateur photographer, I have had the good fortune to really get to know Richard after meeting and traveling with him on various national and international treks. If there is anything I am certain of it is that Richard will deliver the most memorable and impressive workshop experiences available on the market... Richard has introduced me, as well as other photo enthusiasts, to many of the world's most accomplished photographers, since so many of them are an integral part of Richard's personal life. Becoming personal friends with some of these photographers as a result of going on treks with them was a side benefit I had not expected. My schedule permitting, I will be one of the first to sign on to a trek designed and operated by Richard, wherever it is headed."
- Robert Tourtelot, Attorney at Law
"During my 20 years in the motion picture business I have worked with numerous stars, But I was still starstuck on My first Phototrek with Richard. Not only did I get expierences with Photographers Jill Enfield, Barbra Kinney, and Joe McNalley. Richard threw in Award –winning Author Frank McCourt to give his stories and Yarns of our destination for that trek, Ireland. That trip got me hooked on Richards treks, I know the talent and planning will be as first rate as the destination. I will follow Richard to the end of the earth, which I have already done. And will continue to support his Ideas and passions."
- Dave Weathers, EVP Studio Strategic Relations (Technicolor)
"If Rabinowitz is behind Rainmaker, that company will make a lot of things happen in the photography world. That's what he does. I first met him a few years ago as he was pacing back and forth in his office and taking a number of phone calls. He obviously had a lot going on, but it wasn't all about generating profit. That day he took a phone call from the director of "Musicians on Call", a charitable effort that ties in to some of the world's most popular musicians like Black Eyed Peas, Jessica Simpson, and Bruce Springsteen. To this day "Musicians on Call" remains a client of mine. Additionally Richard has put me in touch with a number of influential people and advised me on a number of other projects. He’s all about making connections, he wants to see photographers succeed, and his energy never ceases to amaze me."
- John Bentham, Professional Photographer (John Bentham Photography)
"Thanks for hooking me up with the folks at Shore Fire, leave it you to set me up with Bruce Springsteen’s PR firm to help in the promotion of my book. Thanks for your continued support, its greatly appreciated."
- John Bentham, Professional Photographer (John Bentham Photography)
"It will be great working with you on Rainmaker projects. After all these years, I've come to rely upon you for important advice and strategy suggestions which have helped me to be successful on a number of important efforts. When do we start?"
- Mr.Phil Borges , Professional Photographer
"1,000 thanks for a delightful celebration welcoming the New Year. It was an engaging evening and the perfect way to welcome the New Year’s arrival.
I also want to thank you for the great personal introductions that you made on my behalf throughout 2006, editorially and commercially: NY Times, American Photo, Metropolitan Museum, Sony, Microsoft, Circuit City. And now, the opportunity to participate in your Panasonic project. I believe in the considerable potential of this opportunity and I’m fully committed to helping you expand its entrepreneurial potential.
I’m genuinely grateful to know both you [Richard] and Jill, and share in your sense of extended family. Happy HAPPY New Year!"
- Mr.Douglas Carver, Photographer (Carver Digital)
"Just flew in from Dublin and boy are my arms tired. But really, I got back today and wanted to drop you a line of thanks for the New Years Eve party, and all that you did for me last year.
The San Disk photo masters connection has worked out very well. They seem to be happy with all I have contributed, and I appreciate the industry buzz you created around the group project.
Also, I don't think we ever really talked about the Paul Simon gig that you helped send my way. That was great, and they have hired me several times now. One of the 8x10 photos I shot of him ran very large in Time Magazine's 100 most important people issue and the thumbnail ran as part of the mosaic on the cover of the magazine.
Looking forward to a great year. Kisses to you and Jill."
- Robert Clark, Professional Photographer (Robert Clark Photography)
"I don't know How Richard meets so many people but, in my trip across America, he either new someone in the next city on the map or made a call and we were greeted like royalty. It was really helpful to be given this kind that reception in a trip across America that was also a trip on a deadline."
- Robert Clark, Professional Photographer (Robert Clark Photography)
"I've known Richard for over twenty years and I've always admired his commitment and ability toward helping me and other photographers with important projects."
- Jeff Dunas, Professional Photographer
"Richard's infectious enthusiasm, dogged persistence, and out of the box creativity always make his projects interesting and multi-dimensional. He is the unusual business person who is actively committed to culture, art, and making a difference."
- Lauren Greenfield, Professional Photographer (Lauren Greenfield Photography)
"Apple ran an ad a few years ago, “To the Crazy Ones,” which is an ode to people like Richard. And I am happy to be a part of his craziness, because I know that the people who are crazy enough to think they can do things differently, are the ones who do."
- Joseph Jurson, Professional Photographer (Joseph Jurson Photography)
“Francoise and I look forward to working with you on your new endeavor and expect that you will continue with great success in the photo industry just as you have up until now. I've known RR through the past ten years and continue to be impressed by his resourcefulness, inventiveness and imagination. Photography needs individuals like RR.”
- Douglas Kirkland, Professional Photographer (Douglas Kirkland Photography)
"All of the photographers like him because he is a little bit crazy. He focuses this energy well though. We have worked together for programs in the Galapagos, Malaysia, and other parts of the world. Once the European Tourism commission had asked for his help for a discussion panel that was needed for an event where Mr. Holbrook, the former US ambassador to the United Nations was the keynote speaker. It wasn't enough for him to get me on the dais, so he also procured a studio, at no charge to tape a video segment of me discussing my work, which was offered as a parting gift to the 500 guests who attended the conference."
- Antonin Kratochvil, Professional Photographer (Antonin Kratochvil Photography)
"Working with Richard Rabinowitz is always a treat. His enthusiasm and creativity is contagious and he brings a special energy to each and every project. With Richard on board, you know you are going places!"
- Mr.Bob Krist, Professional Photographer (Bob Krist Photography)
"Rabinowitz is a rare combination of business and heart."
- Mr.Steve McCurry, Professional Photographer (Steve McCurry Photography)
"Richard has always been a force of nature in photography; relentless and full of energy. Richard's strength comes from his love of photography and his slightly crazy perspective on life and business. He manages to see connections where others do not, and he makes things happen when others simply give up or never try."
- Mr.Joe McNally, Professional Photographer (Joe McNally Photography)
"It is always a pleasure to work with you [Richard] and I truly enjoyed being an instructor on the Mentor Series Workshop. The program was enriching for everyone involved as are all the programs that I have seen you create. As a forward thinker and with your boundless energy I am sure that all you do will be a wild success."
- Seth Resnick, Co-Founder (D-65)
"I have always appreciated Richard for his energy, creativity, and leadership qualities when leading a group of amateur photographers in a photography workshop. He shows great skill in selecting staff and instructors to get the job done at these workshops, which take place all around the globe. Fearlessly leading a troop of armed and poised photographers, cameras at the ready, stalking photo prey, is not an easy task. Richard always has time for everyone and easily shares his quick and easy sense of humor with one and all."
- Mr.Jack Reznicki, Professional Photographer (Jack Reznicki Photography)
"Richard is not just a business type but also a creative type. He works very well with professional photograohers. We receive lots of proposals, but Richard's are always well crafted and well executed. If he assures me that I can be comfortable about getting involved without complications, he is always right. He;s not just in it for the short haul, and I trust him completely. One can't always say that in this world."
- Mr.Mark Seliger, Professional Photographer (Mark Seliger Photography)
"Richard, you are my friend and a born leader, and I look forward to collaborating with you in any way that you see fit."
- David Snider, Professional Photographer
"I endorse Rainmaker Marketing Services with complete confidence. Richard seems to know every photographer and every marketing executive in the industry. That combination blended with his ability to get things done and a profound commitment to the world is going to lead to important projects I'm sure."
- Joyce Tenneson, Professional Photographer
"Richard, I'm with you wherever you go and whatever you do."
- Jonathan Torgovnik, Professional Photographer (Jonathan Torgovnik Photography)
"I look forward to working with you on your new project. We have had many wonderful partnerships in the past and I know that will continue in the future."
- Mr.Antoine Verglas, Professional Photographer (Antoine Verglas Photography)
"I am proud to support the Rainmaker team and happy to do so. I have been lucky enough to be the beneficiary of many of Richard's concepts."
- Vincent Versace, Professional Photographer