Rick’s no virgin to bold moves. On whim, a prayer, and without a job to support his dual income life, he made a crazy move, leaving his dead end hotel career to pursue whatever would come way In Sunny Southern California. 10 years later, after 13 years marriage and becoming a father to two beautiful daughters he made the heart wrenching, yet necessary bold move to come out of the closet, living his truth as a gay man.
In the midst of this new life path, Rick took a bold risk to walk away from his life in hospitality technology, leaving the worlds of Microsoft, IBM, Hilton, Starwood Hotels, Intercontinental Hotels, and Ian Schrager to revaluate what was truly important in life - no excuses, no fears, no apologies.
Ricks bold, yet unplanned move, led him into speaking, personal development, podcasting, and coaching after his last position at a technology start-up laid him off the day he returned from vacation after 5 years of dedicated service.
That was the moment Rick took a stand, said, “I’m done. Done building other people’s businesses," and decided to live his life - no excuses, no fears, no apologies.
Rick is a Professional Certified Coach, author, podcaster, who inspires corporations, entrepreneurs, college and university students, and individuals to make their bold moves - without apologies. His keynote speeches, workshops, coaching, and podcasts touch people’s souls, ignite their desires, and help them breakthrough the taboos of living by other people’s damn expectations.
Rick lives in California with his husband, now empty nesters, as both daughters have flown the birdcage. When he’s not traveling the globe disrupting cultures, challenging individuals and organizations to buck systems for the right reasons, challenging entrepreneurs to make bolder moves, and guiding individuals to step into their sexuality, he can be found hiking, cycling, and wine consuming…not all at the same time…usually.
Author of SIDE HUSTLE
Rick is the real deal. If I were trapped in the closet, he's the first one I'd call. Wait, is there phone reception in the closet? In any case, it's rare to meet someone so genuine yet also so wise (don't tell him I said that part).
CEO & Founder, Strategic Speaking and Executive Producer, TEDxCambridge
Rick puts his heart and soul into his work -- it comes through in everything he does. If you're looking to make bold moves, he's the perfect guide and mentor.
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Outside of becoming a firm friend, Rick's ability to switch from the strategic to the actionable in a breath is something that is rare to find in this busy world of "online gurus". With an empathetic ear and firm stance, Rick is one of the few people I know who can simultaneously inspire & deliver, doing so with startlingly accurate insight and unrelenting results. A true master of his craft.
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