Vice President, Events & Experience
Rick has over 25 years experience in the Meetings, Marketing and Media industry. Prior to accepting his position at NGLCC, in February of 2007, he worked as the Senior Event Planner at the national headquarters of USA TODAY. Since 1999 he managed the National Circulation department's presence at over 200 annual trade shows, coordinated collateral development and production, managed the national hotel label program and planned unique client events. He worked closely with the leaders in the travel, retail and education industries by providing them with exceptional client service and unique ways they could utilize the newspaper to grow customer satisfaction and increase learning standards in the classroom. Prior to his 7 years at USA TODAY, he worked as the Senior Account Manager at the advertising firm of Abramson Erlich Manes, where he worked for 3 years in the Entertainment division managing movie studio clients such as 20th Century FOX, MGM, Trimark, Lions Gate and Strand Releasing. Gaining exposure to successful studio campaigns, Rick began to hone his event and marketing management skills by handling premier screenings, press junkets, celebrity appearances, television, radio & print campaigns as well as innovative promotional partnerships with local restaurant and retail outlets.
Growing up in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Rick completed his Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) in Communications Media in 1991. His career began by his participation in an internship program the previous year, at the Washington, DC based FOX television station, WTTG Channel 5. He moved to Washington, DC permanently the following year to work full time at WTTG starting at an entry level position as a Broadcast Screener. Before leaving WTTG for Abramson Erlilch Manes, he worked his way up the corporate ladder for 6 years by accepting positions in the Traffic department as the Log Editor and then as the Coordinator of the Promotions department, where he got his first taste of marketing and event planning projects.
Ricks' leisure time is spent traveling with friends, dining out, going to the movies and enjoying the outdoors. He is fortunate to have his 2 sisters and 6 nieces and nephews living in the area, whom he thoroughly enjoys spending time with. He is currently a member of MPI.