Dick Cahoon retired from Dealer Tire in 2009 to devote more time to family and the community. Currently, Dick serves on several nonprofit boards including serving as Chair of the Lillian and Betty Ratner Montessori School. Dick has committed a significant amount of his retirement to SVP Cleveland, serving as board president and as Lead Partner for both Magnolia Clubhouse and MedWish International. This past year, Dick assisted in the hiring of SVP’s new executive director, Abby Westbrook, and collaborated on reimagining how SVP engages with nonprofits.
Dick lives in Cleveland Heights with his wife and fellow SVP Partner, Doreen, and spends much of his time with his two daughters and their families. Dick has been an active participant in SVP’s equity journey; he looks forward to deepening his understanding of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access and is committed to focusing his and others’ attention on these issues in all of his endeavors.
SVP Partners Dick Cahoon and Tara Schmitt did an amazing job co-leading Partner workgroups through Investment Reimagined—the final stage of SVP applying an equity lens to reenvision how we engage with nonprofits. The results? Our updated traditional investment cycle and new opportunities for small and start-up nonprofits to partner with us! We asked Dick and Tara to reflect on where we’ve come from and where we’re heading. Read More »
Before SVP, Partner Dick Cahoon claims he was “on no purposeful trajectory of any kind.” He describes his career as being one where he “fixed stuff that was broken or created stuff out of nothing” – no small feat, but clearly not driven by the appreciative self-awareness he has now. He attributes his change of heart to SVP. Read More »