Right out of high school, and at the suggestion of a friend, Rick joined the Painters' Union in Buffalo, NY.  After a 6-year stint in the union working in steel and chemical plants, painting everything from blast furnaces and ore bridges to pipe and tank farms, it was time to head south, and get out of the snow and cold. Sights were set on Tampa, FL

Upon arriving in 1985, Rick formed Glendale and started building the business.