I am a small-town kid from Georgia.
Because of our growth and the number of new people, you’ll find that this will likely be an Annual Weekly Update. I’ll try to make sure everyone at Pinnacle knows who I am. It’s always a good test to have the guy who I describe be pretty similar to the guy that you see as your CEO! My goal is to always pass that test!!
I wrote this a little over a year ago.
I’ve now written 3-4 of these, but I realized that I never really stopped and spent a little time to appropriately introduce myself in the automotive industry jobs market. This week, I’ll do that. As I make my tours around the company, you’ll find I’m pretty comfortable in my own skin. Part of being older, I know what I do well and what I don’t.
First, some information about me personally. I am a small-town kid from Georgia. I was lucky enough to get an appointment to the Air Force Academy, so I left Georgia after graduating from high school and have lived somewhere else ever since. I’ve lived in Georgia, Colorado, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Missouri, Ohio, Maryland, and soon to be Florida (now a Florida resident!). I am a closet NASCAR nut! I’m a Dale Jr. fan. I am a Georgia Bulldawgs, Atlanta Braves, and Falcons fan. I am devoted husband of 25 years (now 26!) to Trish and father of three who lives vicariously through his kids! I have a 21 year old son, Jimmy, who is a Junior at U. of Michigan (now Senior); a 20 year old son, Drew, who is a sophomore at U. of Maryland (now Junior); and a 17 year old daughter, Emily, who is my baby and a senior in high school in Annapolis, MD (now a Freshman Volleyball Player at Goucher College in Towson, MD). I’ve lost more than 30lbs since January 2016 without dieting (gained a few back but kept most of this off!). This has mostly come from training for a 525 mile bike ride from SF to LA for the Arthritis Foundation the last week of Sept 2016. Incidentally, the last bike I rode before a neighbor and my wife “harassed” me into signing up for this race was a Huffy that I bought at the Air Force BX in 1988!
I’ve been asked a few times how people would describe me.
I’m a right and wrong kind of guy! I’m a hands-on, detailed-oriented person. I guess it’s my engineering background, but I have to understand the process around things. I’m kind of a reformed introvert. I believe in the strength of Teams over Individuals. You’ll find that I put an emphasis on teaching and gaining buy-in around issues. I want people to spend the time on the Why, How, What vs. What, How, Why. Most say I am ultra-organized and I expect my subordinates to do the same. I’m a believer in standard rhythms, meetings, and disciplines. I’m a huge user of Outlook for managing calendars. I’m known as a pretty good Utility Player…Ops guy, systems and process guy, IT guy, HR guy, compliance guy, sales guy, etc. I’m pretty good at moving fast and slow. A Corporate Entrepreneurial organization has to do both. Being able to get involved in lots of different things was one of the attractions to Pinnacle. I’m also a big Metrics Guy…I place a big emphasis on formalizing and tracking status on key metrics at every level. I want to know who is winning and who is losing. This isn’t to beat up on those who are losing, but instead to try to help them win.
In the last 25 years, I’ve worked for two organizations and during this time both grew 10 fold during my time with them. I love taking things that are small, helping build and nurture them into something much bigger and more successful. Some think I’m kind of an over-educated guy, but I personally don’t really care about where or whether you went to college. I have little patience for pretentious, arrogant people and sometimes that’s a positive and at times it’s a weakness. Few can outwork me. Many describe me as a person with a high-level of intensity, which also can be good and bad. I want participation in decision-making and love a little dissent, but also demand preparation and facts. I want more than just opinions or intuition! I expect people to research a problem and have some facts to back up their opinion. I’m a strong believer in e-mail communication, but also strongly support the two (2) email rule. Once you’ve had more than two back and forth via emails…use the ole-fashioned method and pick up the telephone.
I’m a very loyal guy, but my ultimate allegiance is to the success of the organization, not the individual. I want to promote from within but if we don’t have the internal capability, then I will not hesitate to go outside to recruit the right talent. Pinnacle will work to help and to develop our current leaders, but everyone in the organization has an equal responsibility to spend the time developing their own capabilities. To get promoted, you must be one of the best at what you do AND you must have a demonstrated capability to do more. Not just potential, you must have a demonstrated capability. This means show you can do the next job while you are in your current job.
There you have it. That’s Rick in 5’ish paragraphs.
Hopefully, that’s the guy you’ve seen in the last year and will continue to see in the future.
Also, I’d like to take this time to ask for your thoughts and prayers for all of those being negatively impacted in Puerto Rico and Las Vegas. We have teammates who have family members who continue to be impacted by these tragedies.
Have a great week!
Now you know the rest of the story!