During his fifteen-year career as a freelance magazine writer, Rick wrote features and humor columns for glossy regional lifestyle magazines winning numerous state-level professional awards. An article he wrote for the national educational publication Dramatics Magazine on the uses of electronic music in live theatre was selected for inclusion in the Mandarin Knowledge Base for libraries. Rick continues to write as a regular contributor to publisher CPAmerica's newsletters on issues pertinent to not-for-profit corporations.
An article he wrote on the condition of Florida's tourist industry received a special commendation from the Florida State Legislature in 1994. That same year, he founded Via Colori®.
Via Colori®, is the chain of street painting festivals held in several cities around the country. It annually raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for a variety of social causes.
Rick authored the children's book The Essential Street Painter (Simon and Schuster) and appeared on CBS's The Morning Show to discuss it and the art of street painting.
Rick has founded two not-for-profit corporations and serves or has served on the boards of seven others including a regional YMCA, a substance abuse rehab center, a daycare center for Alzheimer's patients, a domestic violence shelter and a large community theatre.
He has toured in the United States and Japan as keyboardist for The Platters and has played in pit orchestras and served as music director for dozens of theatre productions.
Rick's earlier career (1980s) includes a corporate period as the general manager of the private label division of ServiStar® Corporation, a billion dollar hardware wholesaler; a rock concert promoter (1970s) with Compass Productions; and general manager of Zachariah's Red-Eye Saloon, a 1200-seat club in Columbus, Ohio, featuring national touring acts.
Rick lives with his wife Cher of 35+ years on ten-acres inland from Naples, Florida with two horses, a Corgi named Caledonia and Cleo The Cat.
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