Rick was born in Illinois, and then attended school at California Polytechnic Institute Pomona, where he studied Civil & Mechanical Engineering. During this time, he also studied Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Software programming including machine language programming. During his college years he worked on many commercial equipment installation projects from concept to installation. His many responsibilities included Project Management, Customer Relations, Sales and Support, Hardware troubleshooting, New Hardware Acquisitions, Software Beta Testing, and Field Systems Set-Up.
After college Rick moved to Florida and began working for a National Engineering/Manufacturing firm, North American Engineering, Inc. where he was able to demonstrate his mechanical and electrical background, project management experience to advance computer automation advancements. Ricks leadership allowed him to prove his value in upper management, project management & logistics. He advanced in a short time to oversee all work in the electrical and mechanical departments. Rick is seasoned in exporting equipment overseas, and dealing with many different nationalities, banks, and governmental agencies in the following countries: Canada, Taiwan, China, Thailand, South Korea, Philippines, and Cambodia.
Rick started Phoenix Engineering & Logistics, Inc and provided 90% of its equipment to the United States Government, of which he learned the inner workings of Government Procurement Contracting. Currently he works for Phoenix Engineering & Logistics, Inc. as a consultant, engineer and project coordinator. His main duties are to assist Phoenix Engineering & Logistics, Inc’s clients in project design, coordination, plant builds, vendor management, and to draw on his vast experience to help his clients get the best value for their money spent.
Rick has overseen the installation of several advanced Food Waste to Animal Feed systems globally where he holds a patent on one of his systems he’s designed.