Rick is a Partner of Merchant and an investment principal at GPS Investment Partners. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of CoVenture and as a strategic advisor to several of the GPS Portfolio companies. Previously, Rick worked in the Investment Management group at Merrill Lynch where he focused on alternative investments for the duration of his tenure. He was on the portfolio management team that ran a suite of products with approximately $1billion assets under management. He was responsible for sourcing and dilligencing hedge funds for the Hedge Access platform and launched 3 strategy specific hedge fund portfolios. Rick graduated with a B.S. in Finance from the McDonough School of Business of Georgetown University.