Founder of the Fellowship Living Facilities, Rick has lived sober since 1994, and is now dedicated to helping others do the same. He is married to Susan Tembeck Riccardi, who is also in long term recovery from substance use disorder. He has 4 children from a previous marriage and 8 grandchildren.
Rick spent 25 years on Wall Street in New York City as a municipal bond specialist. He managed institutional sales, trading, and underwriting departments in major firms, before having his own securities firm. Rick’s humanitarian side placed him on the Board of Director’s for the New York City Police Athletic League, which cared for over 60,000 inner city children.
Rick moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1999. In April 2002, Rick caused a serious auto accident. In 2004, he spent 8 1/2 months in the Broward Sheriff’s Correctional Facility where he became the facilitator for both the Anger Management and Substance Abuse Programs. From this life changing event he saw the need for a safe place to be clean and sober when one is released from jails, treatment centers or detoxification settings. Thus, while serving his 2 years of community control, the Fellowship Living Facilities came into being.
Rick is an active member of his local community. He presently serves as Founder of Fellowship Foundation Recovery Community Organization and Center, President of the Board of Directors of Unity Church of Pompano, President of the Board of Directors of Margate Chamber of Commerce, President of the Lakewood Gardens Association and Treasurer for Florida Alliance of Recovery(FAR) Board of Directors and past Treasurer for Florida Association of Recovery Residences(FARR) Board of Directors. Throughout becoming a very active member of the Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale.