Ms. Richter was a certified public accountant with KPMG LLP for 26 years until her retirement in June 2001. She joined KPMG's Minneapolis office in 1975 and was admitted to its partnership in 1987. During her tenure at KPMG, Ms. Richter served as the National Industry Director of KPMG's U.S. Food and Beverage practice and also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the KPMG Foundation from 1991 to 2001 and worked in the Duesseldorf, Germany office for three years. Based on this vast employment experience in finance and accounting, Ms. Richter was appointed as chair of the Audit and Finance Committee on January 1, 2006 and served in such capacity until May 2015. She continues to serve on West Marine's audit and finance committee as a financial expert and in May 2015, she was appointed as chair of the Nomination and Governance Committee whereby she had previously served as a member.
Ms. Richter currently serves on the board of directors of G&K Services, Inc., a publicly held company, where she is chair of the audit committee; and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, a non-profit financial services membership organization where she serves as chair of the audit committee and a member of the strategic marketing and oversight committee. Ms. Richter also served as the chair of the board of the Business Economics Education Foundation (renamed BestPrep); on the board and executive committee of the Boys & Girls Club of Minneapolis; and is a member of the AICPA, Minnesota Society of CPAs and the National Association of Female Executives.
Ms. Richter graduated summa cum laude from Moorhead State University, was the first recipient of the School of Business Outstanding Alumni Award, and was initiated as an honorary member of the Golden Key National Honor Society by the University of Minnesota chapter. Ms. Richter is an avid water skier and an enthusiastic angler, particularly for freshwater walleye. She is never far from a boat.