In Rich's Own Words
About Rich Rosa
Rich Rosa decided to run for the Haverhill School Committee because he believes we can do better for our students, parents, taxpayers, and teachers. He cares about our public schools and our future, and he wants to help.
There is much success in the Haverhill Public Schools. Many students, teachers, and administrators work hard and accomplish great things, and we should commend them for their efforts and successes; however, despite progress in many areas, troublesome and costly problems persist in our school district.
Haverhill has experienced a renaissance over the last 15 years or so, but unfortunately, our schools not only have lagged behind but have gotten worse in some areas.
With a tireless work ethic and dogged determination, Rich wants to help change the course of our public schools.
Rich lives on Kenoza Street in Haverhill with his wife, Anne Marie (Bastianelli), and twin 15-year-old boys. He has been a business owner in Haverhill for more than 20 years as a lawyer, and presently as co-owner of an exclusive buyer agent real estate company.
Rich graduated from Northeastern University's School of Journalism in 1991 (cum laude). He attended New England Law Boston at night while he worked full time, and he earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1995.
He took and passed the Massachusetts bar exam in 1995, and he sat for the bar exam and passed it in the State of New Hampshire in 1997. Although his business is primarily his real estate company, he remains licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and State of New Hampshire. He also is a licensed real estate broker.
Rich is a lifelong entrepreneur. He took over his first paper route three weeks before his 11th birthday. Over a period of five years, he took over other nearby routes for a combined 100 customers.
During law school, Rich started a business from his apartment performing legal research and writing memoranda of law for attorneys in the Boston area and the Haverhill area. After law school and immediately after his swearing into the bar, he started a private law practice in Haverhill with one of the attorneys he worked for during law school.
Nearly 12 years ago Rich and his business partner, Dave Kres, started Buyers Brokers Only, LLC in Haverhill. Believing that homebuyers needed 100 percent loyalty in a seller-centric industry, Buyers Brokers Only, LLC is an exclusive buyer agent real estate firm, which means the company only represents homebuyers, never sellers, thus avoiding conflicts of interest common in the real estate industry. The company, based on Merrimack Street in downtown Haverhill, has grown to be the largest exclusive buyer agent real estate firm in the United States.
Rich also has been asked to speak at national real estate conferences about exclusive buyer agency, as well as on other topics.
Rich grew up in Bridgeport, CT, which is a city not unlike Haverhill but bigger, with his parents, older brothers, and grandparents.
His father, Harry, dropped out of school at 15 years old to work to help his family, but he always encouraged Rich to work hard in school. Rich's father was a U.S. Army Veteran and worked as a meat cutter, including many years as a member of the United Food & Commercial Workers Union, Local 371.
His mother, Angelina (Cannizzaro), worked tirelessly raising Rich and his brothers and also worked part-time as a secretary at a local doctor's office when Rich and his brothers got older.
Rich grew up in a two-family home, with his paternal grandparents living in the apartment on the second floor. His grandparents were immigrants from Sicily, Italy.
Rich attended both public and private schools as a child.
Rich has been active at his children's schools, volunteering, helping out, and donating to various school causes. He also has been a coach at the Haverhill YMCA, a CCD teacher at Sacred Hearts Parish, and involved in the Toys for Tots program locally.
Early in his legal career, Rich mentored the Haverhill High School mock trial team, helping students prepare for competitions against other high schools.
Rich has operated a community Facebook page (Haverhill Happenings) since 2011, promoting Haverhill civic organizations, school events, and local businesses, as well as spreading the word about the many positive things happening in Haverhill.