Rick has 30 years of B2B publishing experience. Early in his career, he worked on Food Processing and then Food Engineering magazines in sales and then a management role. After an E. coli outbreak in the Pacific Northwest killed four children and made national headlines, Rick recognized the gap in food industry trade journals and created a new media segment by founding Carpe Diem Communications, where he developed and launched Food Quality, the first trade magazine serving the food safety and quality market. In 2007, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. acquired Carpe Diem and Rick went to work as their Global Business Development Director for Life Sciences.
In mid 2009, Rick continued his entrepreneurial interests with the development of Innovative Publishing Company, specializing in digital media and events. He developed the business model for Innovative Publishing Company with its first property, MedTech Intelligence, a digital magazine and e-newsletter coupled with a series of focused conferences, both online and onsite, serving the medical device and diagnostics industries.
In 2012, using the same business model, Rick expanded Innovative Publishing’s portfolio with its second digital magazine and e-newsletter, Food Safety Tech, followed by the launch of the Food Safety Supply Chain Conference. In 2013 the Food Labs Conference premiered and in 2014, the Food Safety Consortium Conference & Expo debuted which added an exhibition hall to Innovative Publishing’s conference model. In late 2015, Cannabis Industry Journal was launched and in 2019, the Cannabis Quality Conference & Expo premiered. The growth of Innovative Publishing continues with the Cannabis Labs Conference in 2020.