Rick joined Alimera Sciences in 2005 as our CFO and assumed the position of COO in 2010. He is responsible for strategic finance, accounting, distribution, logistics, human resources, and information technology. Rick brings a wealth of financial management experience to the team with both public and private ventures. Since joining Alimera, he led our financing activities, raising over $300 million in private and public equity, and debt financing.
Rick has been active in Atlanta's business circle for more than 20 years, with experience that includes financial and accounting management, mergers and acquisitions, and initial public offerings, as well as entrepreneurial and start up operational activities. Rick is the founder of two consulting practices, Brand Ignition Group and Black River Holdings, Inc. He is also the former chief financial officer and senior executive vice president of Netzee, Inc., a provider of internet banking solutions to community banks that went public in 1999. Rick started his career in Arthur Andersen's audit and business advisory practice where he was a senior manager and certified public accountant. Rick has previously served as the chairman of the board of directors and audit committee for Jones Soda Co., a Seattle-based publicly traded company, director and audit committee chairman of Color Imaging, Inc., an Atlanta-based publicly traded company, and vice chairman of the North Metro Miracle League, an Atlanta-based charitable organization. He has an accounting degree from Wake Forest University.