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Former mayor Graham Richard joins information networking firm

Graham Richard

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Former Fort Wayne Mayor Graham Richard will take on a position that will tap his experience in government and apply it to data networking.

Trust Exchange -- a firm that specializes in information management and transmission -- on Thursday announced that Richard will join its Advisory Board.

His role will focus on matters involving government, technology and clean energy.

“Graham has the proven ability to see around corners and build for the future,” said Ed Sullivan, Founder and CEO of Trust Exchange. “Like me, Graham is a fan of technology and the impact it can have on people where they live: homes, cities and towns.

"The emergence and adoption of social technologies via the Internet has led to the establishment of the collaborative economy. Local organizations, businesses and cities have been slow to adopt these technologies. We think that is about to change.”

Trust Exchange describes itself as "a platform that allows organizations of all sizes and industries to build secure, customizable networks in order to connect, collect, and directly exchange mission critical information in real-time."

Richard, a Democrat, served as mayor in Fort Wayne from 2000 through 2007. He was succeeded on Jan. 1, 2008, by current mayor Tom Henry.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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