Rick is originally from St. Louis, MO. He graduated from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL with a B.S. in Engineering. Go Knights! After graduating, Rick started his career in the Defense and Aerospace Industry contracting with companies such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, BAE Systems, Hughes Aircraft and Raytheon. Rick then started his own engineering consulting firm, Applied Concepts Engineering, Inc. in 2001. The company got its start with Baxter Healthcare and later acquired and worked with clients such as Medtronic, Invacare, Gambro, Jabil, Nypro Healthcare, Smith & Nephew, and Regulator Compliance Associates. Rick brings 20 years of industry experience ranging from Research & Development to leading teams in Product Development anywhere between conceptualization to product launch to sustaining engineering.