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Rick Shaum previously held the position of President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Cedrus — a Denver based organization providing financial asset management and family coaching services to multi-generational business owners. In this role, he maintained responsibility for revenue generation, operational effectiveness and profitability of the company.

Rick brings more than 30 years' diversified business experience as a results-oriented leader and manager resulting in a broad understanding of sales, operations, marketing, advertising, human resource development and finance/accounting with an expertise in change management for organizations in transition.

Previously, Rick served as Senior Vice President — Human Resources and Chief Talent Officer for a 2,000 employee private equity portfolio company in the publishing industry. His functional areas of responsibility included benefits and compensation, talent acquisition (recruiting), corporate and employee communications, employee relations, executive development and training.

Prior to that, Rick served as Senior Vice President — Sales and Marketing for a Canadian based private equity portfolio company in the travel industry. He was responsible for an international sales organization that developed more than 5,000 existing and new client relationships in more than 70 countries.

Rick possesses a versatility that has been invaluable to organizations facing transition where bench strength, change management and scalability are vital. He enjoys mentoring talented individuals and helping others "play to their strengths."

Rick earned a Bachelor's degree in Religion & Psychology from Vanguard University in southern California and his Master's degree in Speech Communication from the University of New Mexico.

Rick has been married to Gayle for 30 years and his four children are in the college and post-college transition stage. His hobbies include skiing, softball, reading and travel.