Ricky grew up in Laurel Fork, Virginia, about 30 miles away from where our offices currently are. His educational background is in Electronics Engineering Technology from New River Community College and later Business Technology from Appalachian State University. In 1981, Ricky began his career with International Business Machines (IBM) in the Washington D.C. area. He then moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina in December of 1982 to join RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company. During those 28 years at RJRT, he worked in many roles; however, the majority of his positions were in electronics or automation related jobs, with a significant amount of his career managing equipment obsolescence programs at RJRT. During those years, Ricky and his wife Renee raised three daughter and now have three energetic grandchildren. Some of Ricky’s hobbies include: flying airplanes, music, and taking care of his boyhood farm.
In 2010, Ricky started TAM in the basement of his house in North Carolina. He was able to start the company with his background in electronics and automation. Ricky then began cooperating with ITM. They were looking to expand their offerings in the US market and with Ricky starting a company, he was able to leverage his automation skills and equipment renovation knowledge. From there, TAM began to continually grow into what it is today, a campus in Woodlawn, Virginia.