Rick has more than 25 years of diversified experience in planning, accounting, auditing, governance, and compliance management in corporate, not-for-profit, and academic environments. His background encompasses managing, developing, and executing compliance efforts and directing internal audit programs for smaller regional organizations to large multinational corporations in order to evaluate financial, operational, and IT controls under many frameworks, including GAAP, GAGAS, COSO, HIPAA, PCI, NIST, ISO, FFIEC, and GLBA. Given his previous business process, financial, and IT experience, Rick has the ability to effectively communicate risks and solutions to both business and IT stakeholders.
Prior to joining BKD, he managed, directed, and monitored multiple teams of professionals on concurrent engagements, including SOX, accounting, financial, IT, operational, governance, and compliance, integrated audits, investigations, security, and special projects for a professional services firm and a Fortune 500 telecommunications company. He also has prior experience in accounting, planning, IT, and operational audits in the oil and gas and transportation industries.
Rick is a published author and frequent speaker on IT governance, risk, compliance, and audit topics. As well as being a CPA, he holds the Certified Information Systems Auditor® (CISA®) designation and has served on the business faculty at Northern Arizona University and University of Colorado Denver. He currently serves as past-president of the Denver chapter of ISACA® and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs.
He is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma, Norman, with a B.B.A. degree in accounting, a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, with an M.A. degree in economics, and a graduate of The University of Texas at Arlington with a Ph.D. degree in business administration.