Meet Our Newest Team Member – Rick Brown!

Joining our BSED Team as the Director of the Veteran Business Outreach Center is Rick Brown!

He answered a few questions to help us get to know him, check them out below! Please join us in welcoming Rick to the team!

Where did you grow up? 

Born in Louisville, KY and moved 6 weeks later. Moved around Indiana and Kentucky 6 times until went into the Air Force.

Career background before joining the BSED team? 

7 years in AF—got out as a SSgt. After Law School & PhD in Psychology, Entrepreneur in Maryland. Moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil for 7 years. Served as Director of the Veteran Services Office and taught in MBA & Doctoral program at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. Moved to Salt Lake City, UT to continue working with veterans as they start and grow their businesses. Continue that work here at Big Sky Economic Development in Billings.

What is something most people don’t know about you? 

I like to paint and draw.

What’s your favorite snack? 

Raisins & Cashews Mix

What was your first job?

Paperboy at 12 years old. At 16 started working as bagboy in a grocery store.

How do you prefer to start your day?

Coffee. Before that I hate people. After my first cup I feel good about hating people.

What led you to this career field?

Like most veterans who served, my passion is to support my brothers and sisters. I do that using my business background and MBA teaching experience to work with active duty, veterans, guard, reserve, and spouses. I have learned that even though the technology has advanced in warfare, those with their boots on the ground are still the same as when I was in.