Rick Abshier was born and raised in Chicago and spent most of his childhood and adult life there. He holds a B.A. in Political Science, an M.B.A. in Marketing, an M.A. in Religion, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Business Education. Rick has worked as a production planner, field sales engineer, customer service manager, and a senior management consultant. He spent 28 years at FedEx where he worked as a Senior Marketing Specialist, Senior Training Specialist, and a Senior Manager of Training. He taught management, marketing, and economics for six years at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois, and has been involved in online higher education since 2004. Rick and his family currently live Northeast Florida where he enjoys playing drums and guitar, flight simulation, and operating his amateur (ham) radio.