Richmond L. Schmidt is originally from Iowa and holds a BA from Central College, Pella, Iowa. He has studied at the University of Leiden, in the Netherlands and graduated with Distinction from the International Butler Academy also in The Netherlands. He is a Certified Corporate Etiquette & International Protocol Consultant and an Etiquette and Protocol Officer, Level One from the The Protocol School of Washington.

He has lived in Asia and Europe and developed many long term friendships with people of various faiths, social and political backgrounds.

Mr. Schmidt currently lives in Florida where he manages an estate in Palm Beach. He volunteers with local churches and is chapter President for the Domestic Estate Managers Association. His also volunteers with Reconciling Works which advocates for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their Church and congregations. He does not see himself as a political activist but a peacemaker and bridge builder.