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Hi I'm Rick

I grew-up in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont which has been a great blessing for me. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband, father, business leader, entrepreneur, community leader and active church participant. I have a love of working, especially the entrepreneurial spirit, with the focus to make a positive difference in the lives of those around me and around the world. I have been blessed to have so many good people in my life and opportunities for many trials; as well as, many blessings. In May of 2011 I was recognized as the National SBA Small Business Person of the Year for 2011. I was also the Vermont SBA Small Business of the Year for 2011. Without a doubt I believe my business pursuits have been directed by the Lord!! Too many meetings and business activities have occurred after sincere prayer that has then provided me with an impression, an idea or other avenues of approach that have helped guide my path. Now I am finding opportunities to speak at commencements, rotarites, chamber of commerce and other business venues where I am finding a new voice by encouraging others to also make a positive difference in their worlds. Uniquely the Lord has slowly placed good people around me and in new ways I am finding that the Lord is teaching me about leadership where faith is the guiding principle. I have a painting of George Washington on bended knee in my office. It has become a halmark of my leadership. Until recently I don't think the realization or the impact that the Lord has allowed me to have on others has been recognized by me or the joy it brings.

Why I am a Mormon

My Mom joined the Church when I was a young boy, but I still remember attending the local Methodist Church during their summer Bible School sessions. Then when I was eight years old I was baptized as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Through my formative years I had meaninful experiences including being diagnosed with Legg Perthes diasese. The doctor consulted with my school who began planning how to educate me in bed while I would be in traction from three to five years. The doctor told my Mom it could be as long as eight years. My school was looking at an interactive phone connection to allow me to participate in my classes remotely (long before on-line classes were even dreamed about). I was very young at seven or eight years old. Two priesthood holders came to our home and laid their hands on my head and by the gift and power of God they blessed me to be healed. I was in traction for three weeks and when my condition was re-reviewed by the surgeon he found no further issues. He was surprised and amazed at such a quick recovery. Being young I did not appreciate the significance of the experience that touched many adults around me. Since those early years I have both seen and been a direct participant in many other "amazing" experiences. I have seen peoples lives change both physically and emotionally. The power of the priesthood is real, it is something I revere and anyone who would read the Book of Mormon and prayerfully consider its content and feel the Spirit of the Lord will know of its truthfulness. Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has been a way of life that has proven over and over how blessed my family and I have been. Whether it is professional or personal experiences they have been a result of being guided by the Spirit or prayerful consideration. There is no question that the Lord hears and answers prayers. For these and so many more reasons is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Serving for seven years on my local school board allowed me to live my faith and encourage others to do their very best. Even for a couple of years I sponsored a science fair and competition. The winner was rewarded with a trip. It was my way to encourage young people to do their very best and know that they can individually make a difference in the world. Similar to the school board experience is messaging to adults at my work with my employees and how their efforts can change the lives of others. During the aftermath of tropical storm Irene that seriously impacted Vermont I helped to organize our local membership and community members to work in mobile home community that was hit by the storm. With many hands came lighter loads. It was amazing to see impacted families literally light up and with renewed energy work shoulder to shoulder with us. In one day we helped many people. A former employee came up to me and said he and a few others in the park were making lunch for everyone. He said he learned from me during his time working for me that it is important to give back to others. It was a joyous day with many hearts helped by both the giver and the receiver. Now my interests are to help others realize their potentials. My youngest son exhibited this when he did his capstone project for high school. He raised money to support a non-profit that serves people in Africa. He said his desire to serve came in part by his traveling with our family to India where he saw first hand the impact of poverty in the world. As he spoke of making a positive difference to others it occured to me that he like my oldest son will be a good missionary and will long have a desire to help others. Each of my children have also provided meaningful service. I believe this how I live my faith, by serving others, learning to know God's purposes and then exhibiting faith for the greater good. I love the Lord Jesus Christ and I love my family very dearly.