Over the course of his career, Rick has successfully practiced public relations/news media relations in the fields of international spirits, politics, government, hospitality and higher education.
From 1998 – 2016 he was responsible for global public relations for Brown-Forman, the international spirits company. Most recently he served as Vice President and Director of Public Relations, a role he held for eight years.
Rick has contacts at every major news outlet in the United States and has a strong working relationship with journalists and news organizations around the world. He has conducted successful public relations projects across the United States and in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Ireland, England, Finland, Germany, France, Portugal, Italy, South Africa, Dubai, Japan and Australia. He has a close working relationship with the Foreign Press Center of the U.S. State Department and has been an active member of the Foreign Press Association of the United States.
Long interested in the development and career advancement of students interested in journalism, communications and public relations, he has been a guest speaker at numerous colleges and universities and has addressed many PRSSA Chapters (Public Relations Student Society of America). In 2011 he was a keynote speaker at the PRSSA National Convention in Orlando, Florida.