As many people know, Rick graduated from the University of Kentucky, where he became an All-American basketball player who co-captained the Wildcats 1978 NCAA Championship Team. Drafted in the first round of his rookie year in the NBA, he ultimately played for the Indiana Pacers, the Boston Celtics (as part of the 1981 NBA Championship Team), and the Phoenix Suns.
Retiring from basketball in 1986 due to injuries, Rick returned home to Kentucky, before moving to Louisville in 1991. There he began developing his knowledge of Louisville neighborhoods and developments while deepening his sales know-how through professional education.
Rick's family blends well with his work and his play. His wife Bonnie is a successful mortgage broker. Rick's son, Sam is a passionate athlete, playing football at the University of Florida. The whole family also shares the love of golf, a sport Rick has embraced so avidly that he plays with an 8 to 12 handicap.
Inevitably, in talking to Rick, the subject of his celebrity as a college and professional athlete arises. Obviously, Kentucky's passion for basketball in general and the Wildcats in particular gives the Robey & Farrar team a unique level of name recognition. Does his basketball celebrity affect his work? He says, "It is a factor. Some people are amazed that I show them houses. But I love putting a buyer in the car and showing them a house. I'm a people person. In this industry I don't think you could survive if you weren't." Yet with genuine humility, he stresses, "Though my history gives me recognition, in the real estate it comes down to experience. For the first six or seven years, I staved for business like everyone else." He adds, "Other athletes (considering post-play careers as REALTORS call me, and I tell them, "Its work. It takes experience. It takes time. People are not going to entrust their biggest investment in life with someone just because he played a sport." But I'm happy to be part of the #1 RE/MAX Team in Kentucky.