As a former U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, Rick now assists U.S. military members throughout Britain and Norway with keeping themselves and their family members safe from non-state political violence. While off duty, he and his family (Tess, Wesley and Russell pictured at the 2012 Olympics) enjoy the unique cultural and sporting events the location offers.

Rick remembers that Steve Green, his first MU Marketing professor, threw down the gauntlet on the first day of Retail Promotion class. Although Rick didn’t appreciate it at the time, he said, “It was a turning point in my life, because he put me on the spot; it awoke an inner passion in me to meet and exceed this guy's challenge.” Rick would go on to take a leadership role in the MU Chapter of the American Marketing Association, shaping his ability to handle stress, manage expectations, and accomplish objectives in his personal and professional life. He reflected, “lessons learned at Marshall have served me well as a husband, father, and member of the Defense Department, especially while serving over a decade overseas.” Now with two masters degrees, he retrospectively calls Professor Green the best teacher he ever had.

Rick recalls fondly organizing AMA meetings, forging life-long friends from Hodges Hall, and traveling as a member of the indoor and outdoor track teams as highlights of his extracurricular and living activities. Though his profession has taken him far from Huntington, he continues to support Marshall. “It’s my University,” says Rick. “I committed to it then, and I’m committed to it now.”