Richard L. Ragatz, Ph.D.
Richard L. Ragatz, Ph.D. holds a Bachelor’s degree (1961) and a Master’s degree (1963) from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. degree in City and Regional Planning (1969) from Cornell University.
In addition to his consulting activities, he was an Assistant Professor of Housing and Design at Cornell University (1966-69), where he taught courses in Housing Market Analysis. For 12 years he was an Associate Professor (1969-74) and Full Professor (1974-81) of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Oregon where he taught courses in Housing Market Analysis, Housing Planning, Social Issues in Planning, and Planning Theory. He was Department Head from 1969 to 1974.
Dr. Ragatz has been very active in the primary trade association representing the resort industry – the American Resort Development Association. He joined ARDA in 1969, the year it was formed. In 1987, 1989, 1995 and 2006, he was given special awards by ARDA for outstanding contributions to the resort industry. The 1995 award was Industry Leader of the Year. The 2006 award was the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.
His Ph.D. dissertation from Cornell in 1969 is recognized as the first national study on vacation homes ever conducted in the United States. He updated the study in 1974 for the President’s Council on Environmental Quality, in 1977 for the U.S. Forest Service, in 1990 for the National Association of Realtors, and in 1993 for the American Resort Development Association.
Since 1969, he has published more than 50 articles on resort development for academic journals and trade magazines. He also has delivered more than 350 speeches on resort development at conferences held throughout the world.
Dr. Ragatz has achieved international recognition as the leading feasibility analyst and market researcher in the resort real estate industry. He has been involved in more than 2,500 studies in virtually every state and over 70 countries. Clients include most major developers and lenders in the resort industry. Areas of specialty include feasibility analysis, consumer and product research, economic impact analysis and project assessment.