Rick is a Partner at Maack Management, a hospitality spa management company. Rick joined Balance Spa & Fitness in 2003 as the Director of Business Development. The company was broken up for sale at the end of 2007; Rick and Kelly Maack purchased most of the hotel based spa operations of the business and have grown the business as Maack Management to seven locations in the U.S. Prior to this, Rick was Business Development Director for Concept Heaven, an Interactive Internet Marketing company located in Manhattan where he was responsible for major account sales and marketing in the salon and spa space. Clients included Aveda, Estee Lauder and Kerastase brands. Rick is the founder and project leader of Spa Standard, an online social education experience for the beauty and wellness industry. In addition, Rick founded and developed Relaxing Deals, an online, self serve, deal of the day site for the beauty and wellness industries.