Rick, born and raised in the Atlanta area, has had a home in Highlands since 1996 and recognizes the unique and special gift that the area offers to all who visit since his first visit in 1996. Shortly thereafter, he and his partner Steve Sheppard purchased their mountain getaway and believe it to be one of the best decisions they have ever made. Rick retired as the Assistant Commissioner of the Georgia State Department of Juvenile Justice with a career spanning 34 years with the State of Georgia in Healthcare and Mental Healthcare Administration. Over the past 10 years he has also been involved with interior design and has worked with clients in Highlands, Florida, and Georgia in visualizing and bringing to fruition their special mountain getaway or retirement home. Rick believes that his education and experience and his design experience and related contacts culminate perfectly by allowing him to assist clients with the many aspects of a home purchase decision. A real estate investment is an important decision which takes thoughtful consideration in meeting the client’s needs but also must consider their vision of what their mountain home should ultimately become. In 2018 Rick teamed up with Steve to bring together their knowledge of the Highlands–Cashiers market, experience in marketing your home, and finding the perfect home for you. The “Power of Two” in your corner will ensure that your experience is one of great service, an eye for detail and accuracy in the real estate transaction and that your vision for your special mountain home is fulfilled.