Founder and Chairman
A successful entrepreneur and business owner with a long history of public service.
As Chairman, Richard Knight, Jr. brings an entrepreneurial spirit to Knight Waste Services, Ltd. and 3i Construction Management, LLC, coupled with a long history of managerial expertise in the local, national and international business arena. With more than 35 years of management experience, he has administered and overseen a variety of multi-million-dollar projects in the public and private sectors.
He was the founder of Knightco Oil Company, which blended packages and distributed lubricant products. During his time with Caltex Petroleum Corporation, he occupied several senior managerial roles, including the Head of International Sales for manufacturing, marketing, and supply of lubricants to Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar (formerly Burma), Cambodia and Vietnam.
As a dedicated public servant, he has held managerial positions in a number of cities, including Durham, North Carolina, and Gainesville, Florida. As City Manager for the City of Dallas, he administered an operating budget of more than $869 million, a capital budget of more than $247 million, with a payroll of more than 13,200 city employees.
Mr. Knight is the former Chairman of the Board at the State Fair of Texas, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, and Goodwill Industries. He is currently Chairman of the Board at Frazier Revitalization as well as several other Boards including:
- The State Fair of Texas
- Dallas Citizens Council
- The Center Operating Group (American Airlines Center)
- The Salesmanship Club of Dallas
- North Texas Public Broadcasting
Mr. Knight was a recipient of the Outstanding Alumnus Award at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Horace Mann Bond by Fort Valley State University.
He also received The Heritage Award from the African American Museum of Dallas in 2015.
Mr. Knight was a four (4) year veteran of the military service and served in Vietnam. He is the recipient of a National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three (3) bronze service stars, and a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Mr. Knight has a Master of Science in Public Administration degree from the University of North Carolina and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History with a minor in Economics from Fort Valley State University in Georgia. He has completed additional work in Political Science at Atlanta University and Yale University.