Rick grew up in Troy, New York, the home of Uncle Sam! He has been married to his wife Linda for 32 years, and they raised two children, Kelly (30) and Ricky (28). Both children have Masters Degrees in Education and are Public School teachers. Both children are also active Elk Members. Linda is a PDDGER, and two-time All-American Ritual Coach. Linda has served as the Lodge Treasurer for eleven years. Linda holds two Bachelors of Science degrees. She manages the billing department for an orthopedic surgical group.
Rick spent thirty years in the newspaper business. Most of his newspaper career was in Marketing. Rick worked closely with a gamut of clients. The United State Marine Corps, Disney, NY Giants, NY Jets, IZOD Arena, NJ Nets, NJ Devils, Red Bulls, Ringling Bros, Domino’s Pizza, IHOP, McDonald’s, Exxon, and Pepsi. Rick Served on the Newspaper Association of America Retail Strategies Committee for eight years. Rick was a popular speaker for the newspaper industry throughout the United States and Canada for nearly a decade.
Rick has been an active Elk for twenty-five years. He is a Past Exalted Ruler, and devoted fourteen years as the Lodge Secretary for Lake Hopatcong NJ Lodge. Rick is also the Lodge Ritual coach and has led his teams to fifteen NJ State Championships, several National Final Four Appearances, and in 2011, Lake Hopatcong NJ won the National Ritual Championship. Rick has earned All-American Ritual coach honors three times. Rick served the Grand Lodge as DDGER in 2002, and was elected State President of the NJ Elks in 2005. Rick served on the Grand Lodge Public Relations Committee from 2007-2011.
Rick was named Grand Membership & Marketing Manger in 2014. Membership has greatly improved under his direction. Rick believes serving as the Grand Lodge Membership & Marketing Manager is a Calling for him. Rick understands great goals require great effort.