Originally from the Twin Cities, Rick attended the University of Minnesota-Crookston where he majored in Communications. Rick worked in radio for 27 years, including 14 years at KFGO in Fargo. In 2009, Rick earned his realtor license and began work as a commercial realtor at Cityscapes Development. He was the 2012 president of the Dakota Chapter CCIM of Fargo Moorhead Commercial Realtors.
Rick and his wife Lori live in north Fargo. They have two children: Eric is a CPA Senior Tax Specialist with Eide Bailly in Bismarck, and their daughter Angela is a teacher for the Head Start program in Fargo. Rick is currently the Vice President of the Metro Tournament Committee in Fargo. On the weekends, Rick can usually be found on a local golf course.