Similar to today’s ‘digital natives’, Rick developed an early familiarity with technology. His father was one of the original employees of Electronic Data Systems (EDS), so he spent many weekends tagging along to the various data centers where he worked. His first employment in the industry was as a computer operator at a major bank (now VISA) processing credit card transactions. Rick later moved on to Big 6 consulting and various corporate positions in technology and operations leadership roles. He has always believed that skillful use of technology can be transformational. Rick has a penchant for ‘connecting the dots’ and helping organizations develop strategic plans that are actionable. Technology choices are not always obvious for business leaders. Rick’s passion is to help customers make use of technologies such as big data, artificial intelligence, blockchain and the internet of things as game-changers for their organizations. As the CEO of Cimatri, Rick’s role is to ensure the quality. He works with association and non-profit clients on assessments, strategic planning, operations consulting, and information security. Rick’s professional experience includes leadership roles in organizations ranging from start-up to Fortune 1000. He enjoys traveling with his wife, their children and grandchildren. They love art, architecture and history.