When Rick graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Kansas in 1978, he didn’t know wheat from whey but he landed his first job as a reporter with a food trade publication and a career in food communications was born.
After stints with two publishing companies, Rick joined the consulting world. Since then, he has gained experience all along the “farm to fork” continuum, managing corporate and marketing communications assignments for dozens of Fortune 100 organizations serving the crop, animal health and food industries, including BASF, Bayer, Dean Foods, DuPont, Farmland Foods, Monsanto, National Beef, Novartis, Ocean Spray, Parnell, Pfizer, Monsanto, Sandoz, Simplot, Smucker’s, Syngenta, the Wheat Foods Council and the Wheat Innovation Alliance.
Before becoming a founding member of Global Prairie in March of 2008, Rick spent 16 years at a top-three public relations firm, serving as senior partner and global chair of the firm’s Food and Agribusiness Practice and founder of its Animal Health practice. Prior to that, Rick worked for two other agencies, both serving the food and agribusiness sectors.
Consistent with Global Prairie’s commitment to give back 10% of its profits to local charities, Rick is active within the Kansas City community and has served on the Boards of the American Royal, the Animal Health Corridor and Science Pioneers.
Rick has been married for 33 years and has two grown daughters. When he is not “communicating,” he can be founding playing drums, playing tennis, or sailing.