Rick is a co-founder of Joseph Duval, an Alternative Investment and Management Advisory firm headquartered in Texas. In December 2020, he assumed the role of Sr. Partner, and in January 2021, he joined the Board of Advisors for Joseph Duval. Rick manages projects, portfolios, and investment opportunities for the firm. Rick has more than 30 years of experience in the finance industry. He joined Joseph Duval in 2018 from Duke & Sterling, a personal business management firm for entertainers, where he was the Chief Executive Officer from 2014 to 2017. Before his role at Duke & Sterling, he was a partner at DKM Capital Management, LLC, a private equity broker in Houston. Before joining DKM Capital Management, he served in various roles at market-leading companies, including AIG (NYSE: AIG) and AIG Life of Bermuda, specializing in alternative risk insurance and private placement insurance. In 2015, he was a guest lecturer at Lone Star College-Kingwood. Today, he continues to teach and lecture as an adjunct professor of management and finance at Lonestar College-Kingwood. Rick served as an Air Support Operator in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1986 to 1990 in various duty stations in the United States including Camp Pendleton, California, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, and Houston, TX. Rick is a Ph.D. student in Organizational Management and Leadership at Liberty University, Graduate School of Business (anticipated 2025). He was awarded an MBA in management and finance from University of St. Thomas, Cameron School of Business (2006), and a BA in psychology and cultural anthropology from The University of Texas at Austin (1998). In the summer of 1994, Rick attended Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine, where he studied technical writing and molecular genetic pathology. Rick also serves on the board of his family’s scholarship foundation; The Diaz Family Foundation Scholarship. He has served on Boards of Directors for Houston Works USA, the Gulf Coast Film Festival, and University of St. Thomas Alumni Association. Rick is an Ambassador Emeritus of Lonestar College, a member of Texas Ex’s, University of St. Thomas Alumni Association, American Association of University Professors, Adam Smith Society, and the Marine Corps Foundation and Association.