Rick is an author, investor, mentor, and finance writer. His work has appeared in several high-ranking media placements, including Good Morning America, Washington Post, Yahoo Finance, MSN, NBC, FOX, CBS, and ABC News.
His passion is personal finance, and works tirelessly to deliver content in an easy-to-understand manner.
Born raised in Vancouver, Canada, Rick is both fluent in both English and French and is currently working on his Italian. He is an energetic business person who values honesty and integrity.
Rick has is an entrepreneur at heart and started his first business at just 8 years old! But, it wasn’t until the age of 24 when he started his first tech company. A few years later, he sold his business. As you can read in the book, Rick nearly spent all the money!
Then, in 2007, Rick, with his partner Andrea, became pioneers in the VoIP industry, by offering a business phone service that would work from anywhere. Their business became wildly successful having clients of all types, including large publicly traded companies in the US. At this same time, Rick was an elected director of a credit union, partially responsible for a portfolio of deposits exceeding 200M. Being on the board of directors gave Rick inside knowledge of the mortgage and lending business!
Further, through the years, Rick bought, maintained, and improved a significant portfolio of income-generating real estate in British Columbia.
In 2012-2013, Rick became involved in a number of strategic acquisitions in the VoIP industry that helped added significant value to their company. Following this path, their company was acquired by an American ISP in 2014 and allowed Rick to become financially independent and retired early (FIRE) at the age of 35.
In 2015, Rick completed the Canadian Securities Course (Mainly for his own enjoyment) as he enjoys playing an active role in stock and options trading. Also, in 2016, Rick completed the Real Estate Trading course in British Columbia and became a licensed real estate broker through 2018. With the real estate license, Rick specialized in assisting wealthy clients and celebrities with their real estate investment needs.
Rick’s experience in M&A, Banking, & Real Estate has given him an extensive network of a business people, to collaborate with, from all over the world.
In 2018, Rick wrote The Financially Independent Millennial as a way to inspire his readers with his story, about despite dropping out of high school, he became financially independent at the age of 35. His book is easy to read, and often refers to key points that “He would tell his younger self”.
When not thinking about business, Rick writes (mainly about cruise ship travel) for his travel blog, is an enthusiast of fast cars, technology, cooking, and wine.