Ric Frantz – CEO

C.E.O. & Co-Founder of LR International, Inc.

Ric Frantz is currently the C.E.O. and Co-Founder of LR INTERNATIONAL, INC., an Global Logistics and Consulting firm located near Chicago’s O’hare International Airport.


Mr. Frantz has been one of the most active speakers in his field for over thirty five years. He has the ability of taking seemingly dry topics and presenting them in an entertaining and refreshing way.


A native of Chicago, Mr. Frantz’s studied Business Administration and Marketing at De Paul University, and holds an International Trade Executive Certificate from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His professional career spans several years as a Banker, an Export Manager for a major multi-national Corporation, and over 40 years in logistics.

Achievements, Recognitions and Honors

  • President’s “E” Award for Export Service Recipient 2012
  • Appointed four times to the Illinois District Export Council by four Secretaries of Commerce
  • 1998 Governor’s Export Award Winner
  • 1998-2000 President of the International Trade Club of Chicago
  • Appointed to the “Partners with Italy Committee” & Ireland Committee/ Chicago-Cook County
  • Served on the International Business Committee at McHenry County College
  • Serves on the NAFTA Advisory Board for NORBIC/International Trade Center-Chicago
  • Collaborated on and Import/Export Book written by Mr. T.E. Johnson, Esq., Partner, Baker
    McKenzie Law Firm
  • Appeared in Crain’s Chicago Business on International Trade
  • Has granted interviews to CNN for broadcast worldwide on world events that affect commerce

Teaching and Lecturing History

  • IIT Chicago Kent School of Law
  • University of Illinois/Chicago & Champaign-Urbana
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Illinois State University
  • Western Illinois University
  • The John Marshall Law School
  • Loyola University School of Law
  • De Paul University/Graduate School of Business
  • Most Community Colleges in the Area
  • American Management Association
  • World Trade Center-Chicago
  • Chicago-Cook County Economic Development
  • Chicago Manufacturing Center
  • S.C.O.R.E.(Service Corps of Retired Executives)
  • Small Business Administration
  • U.S. Department of Commerce/Foreign Commercial Service
  • State of Illinois, Illinois Trade Office – International Business Division
  • Kane County Bar Association
  • Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Adjunct Faculty Member/Harper & Triton Colleges

Topics Covered

  • Global Logistics
  • Export/Getting Started
  • Global Business
  • Structure of an Export Operation
  • International Methods of Payment
  • Export Documentation
  • Risk Management
  • Export Financing
  • International Marketing/Working with Government
  • Export & Import Compliance