Rick was the Executive Vice President and former CFO of CalAmp Corp., a technology company providing wireless communications solutions. Previously he served as CFO of SMTEK International, an electronics manufacturing services provider, Corporate Controller of Data-Design Laboratories, a diversified technology company, and Senior Manager with Price Waterhouse, where he earned his CPA license. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Cal Poly Pomona where he graduated summa cum laude, and an MBA from UCLA. Rick and his wife Sheila live in Ventura County and Rancho Mirage. During their travels they have toured dozens of public and private botanical gardens throughout Europe, Morocco, South Africa, South America and Asia. Closer to home, Rick and Sheila are members and donors to Lotusland since 2003, and recently joined The Lotus Society. They also support The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, Ventura Botanical Gardens and The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Palm Desert. Rick is also a member of the Cactus & Succulent Society of America and the Mediterranean Garden Society.