Since 2009, Rick has actively invested in the Chicago ecosystem through the co-founding of Dashfire, Chicago's leading startup studio. In conjunction with Dashfire, Rick has supported the growth of FarShore, a global software development firm. He previously was an investor for Chicago private equity firmm Madison Dearborn Partners. Rick was awarded a William J. Clinton Fellowship in 2008 and served in India's slums and villages. He is a graduate of Georgetown University.