Member of Board of Directors
Rick is CEO and Managing Partner of Schwartz Advisors LLC, a mergers and acquisition advisor and management consulting firm to the transportation industry. Prior to forming Schwartz Advisors, Rick’s career included several senior level positions in sales, marketing, finance and general management. He was Chief Operating Officer at IDEA Health & Fitness, Inc., and he held senior sales and marketing positions at Nestlé USA, Macy’s and The Upper Deck Company.
At Schwartz Advisors, Rick has worked with private equity firms as an advisor on acquisitions and consultant to private equity owned portfolio companies. Rick has also advised automotive and transportation industry clients on strategic planning, sales and marketing and M&A issues. He has advised corporate boards on growth strategies and he has assisted with the recruitment of senior executives including CEO and VP level positions.
As Managing Partner at Schwartz Advisors, Rick is the senior client engagement manager on Schwartz Advisors sell side and buy side M&A projects. Rick is a member of the Board of Directors for the Auto Care Association, the largest trade association for the automotive aftermarket and he is a former member of the Board of Directors for Surf City Garage LLC. Rick has been a featured speaker at several automotive aftermarket industry conferences and is a frequent contributor to publications focused on the automotive and transportation industries.
Rick earned an MBA in Management & Finance from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, where he was recipient of an Academic Fellowship, and a BA in International Relations from the University of Southern California.