Richard McWilliam, Upper Deck CEO and Co-Founder, Passes Away
Upper Deck has announced that their chairman and CEO Richard McWilliam passed away on Saturday at his home in California. He was the company's co-founder and helped fuel the evolution of the hobby into what it is today. McWilliam is survived by his wife and three children. He was 59.
McWilliam was one of the hobby's biggest innovators in the industry from Upper Deck's inception in 1989 through the turn of the century. However the last several years saw him embroiled at the center of a seemingly endless procession of legal battles and controversy - much of which was covered in detail in Paul Lesko's Law of Cards Column.
Jason Masherah has been named the company's president.
"[He] built a company with a strong management team, a focus on quality, and an expanding array of successful products," said Masherah. "Upper Deck is well positioned to continue its growth and success, and I am honored to have been chosen to lead the company."
McWilliam's family has asked donations be made to Rady’s Children’s Hospital Foundation in San Diego in lieu of any flowers.