Rick J. Pritikin

510 Old Hickory Boulevard, 216, Nashville, TN 37209,  Home 615-354-5759, Cellular 615-424-8443, Rick@RickPritikin.com


Seasoned executive with 15+ years experience in creating, developing, growing and profitably leading national and international business entities in a diverse range of industries. Creative and innovative manager, motivator, administrator and team builder instrumental in achieving significant cost reductions and revenue/profit improvements through strategic planning, extensive sales and marketing and providing leadership in the areas of Strategic Marketing, Operations and Financial Management. Exceptional written and oral communication skills with the ability to incorporate ingenuity, enthusiasm and business savvy into the public and corporate environment.


Team Building and Leadership Bottom Line Results

Ø       Assembled, motivated and provided leadership for a core management team resulting in increased corporate revenues of 200% and increased profits in less than 3 years.

Ø       Hired, developed and assumed full P&L responsibility for $50 million division exceeding budgeted profit by over $2 million.


Sales and Marketing Strategy and Development Recognized Turn Around Specialist

Ø      Spearheaded a turn around including name change, brand development, sales and marketing strategies increasing sales from $5.5 million to $21 million and profit from a $2 million loss to an excess of $6.5 million.

Ø      Implemented telesales and field sales initiatives resulting in increased sales and over budget profitability in two industries.


Strategic Planning and Budgeting Financial Analysis

Ø       Managed the acquisition of land and construction of facilities including functional layout, acquisition, financing of equipment, and lease negotiations increasing overall corporate efficiency and profit.

Ø       Created a business plan, sold the concept and developed the entire marketing, sales and financial strategic plans for a business start up.


·      Recognized by CEO for Excellence in Business Turn Around • Gaylord Entertainment

·      Dove Award Nominee-Executive Producer • Gospel Music Association • Nashville, Tennessee

·      1 Platinum, and 17 Gold Records • Recording Industry Association of America • Nashville, Tennessee National Honor Society for Business • Delta Mu Delta  • DePaul University

·   Who's Who of American Business 

·   International Who's Who of Professionals



Buffet Pizza Company, LLC • Nashville, Tennessee                                              2000 to 2003

COO ® (2003) Executive Management Team

Managed the creation of a new company including hiring and developing a core management team serving four existing family owned pizza businesses. Provided leadership and motivation creating new marketing focus, training school, delivery operations and new product development, increasing customer satisfaction and overall corporate sales 200% in 3 years. Documented survey indicating overall customer satisfaction in excess of 90%.

·      Managed the acquisition of land and construction of new offices and warehouse including functional layout of facilities, acquisition of equipment, lease agreements and furnishings.

·      Negotiated favorable financing for acquisition of handheld computers and a complete software package restructuring the entire accounting function for all companies increasing productivity, information flow and corporate value.

·      Instrumental in the negotiation of a license agreement with Paws, Inc. (Garfield) to increase branding awareness.

·      Developed necessary manuals, reports and compiled information for the franchise offering circular to allow the creation of a franchising program to expand national and international growth.



Page Music, Inc. • Franklin, Tennessee                                                               1998 to 2000


Managed the creation and development of start up company including developing a business plan, making presentation and selling the concept, site selection and lease negotiation, accounting systems, sales and marketing strategies, budgets, hiring, benefits, compensation plans, leadership and motivation of personnel. Executive producer of over 38-recorded albums including negotiating, contract development and execution.

·      Negotiated all aspects for creating an album with the stars of the television series The Walton’s including executive producing, and completion on budget.

·      Negotiated for projects with notables such as, Sandi Patti and Wayne Newton, which included concept creation, personal presentations and contract negotiation.

·      Attained pre-booked sales in excess of $3.5 million dollars for the Christmas season at 50% gross margin.



Thomas Nelson, Inc. ® (1997) Gaylord Entertainment • Nashville, Tennessee       1991 to 1998

VP Sales ® (1993) VP Special Markets ® (1997) VP/GM

Ascended the corporate ladder through development of personnel while providing responsible leadership and motivation including creative marketing and sales plans, development of quality music products and creating strong wholesale and retail distribution channels resulting in maximized resource allocation, increased top line sales and budget exceeding bottom line performance.

·      Recognized as Acquisition Team member for music division purchase by Gaylord Entertainment.

·      As VP/GM spearheaded a turn around including name change, brand development, sales and marketing strategies, increasing overall sales from $5.5 million to $21 million and profit from a $2 million loss to a profit of $6.5 million.

·      As VP Sales full P&L responsibility for a $50 million division that exceeded bottom line budget in part from implementing a Telesales initiative resulting in additional $4 million in sales and $900,000 in profit.



The Messianic Times • USA, Canada, Israel      

Interim President/CEO                                                    

2000 to 2000

The Messianic Times • USA, Canada, Israel  

Chairman-Board of Directors

1996 to 2000
Good News Publishers/Crossway Books • Wheaton, Illinois   

Business Operations Manager (Treasurer/‘CFO’) ® (1990) VP Sales & Marketing                 

1985 to 1991

Bresler Ice Cream Company ®Drexel Ice Cream Company • Chicago, Illinois        

General Labor®Second Shift Manager®VP®VP Sales & Marketing

1974 to 1985



·      Degree- Food Merchandising Institute • Purdue University • Indiana

·      Degree- Increasing Sales Force Productivity • Kenan-Flagler School of Business • North Carolina

·      Degree- 5 Day MBA Program • University of Chicago • Chicago, Illinois

·      Franchise Sales Training • FRANCORP, Inc • Olympia Fields, Illinois



DePaul University                                                                                   

B.S., Pre-Law/Business  

Almeda College and University                                                               

M.B.A., Business


·      Regional & National Competition-Judge • Students In Free Enterprise • Chicago, Kansas City

·      National Competition Judge • Point of Purchase Advertising Institute • Chicago, Illinois

·      Vice President • Christian Management Association • Chicago, Illinois