Rick is a founding principal of Melcher+Tucker Consultants, a Chicago-based strategic marketing and communications firm advising small and midsize companies and not-for-profit organizations. Rick has helped clients with strategic planning, media and capital campaigns, and in building strategic alliances. Prior to cofounding Melcher+Tucker, he served as bureau chief of BusinessWeek magazine's London and Chicago bureaus, where he managed regional offices and reported on such topics as economics and finance, politics, management, and social issues. At BusinessWeek, he helped build the International Edition. His reporting was recognized by the Overseas Press Club and the Deadline Club of New York for outstanding journalism. After leaving BusinessWeek, Rick served as vice president of content development and syndication at one of the Internet's leading news and public interest websites.