A truly unique recruiter and individual, Ricky Lewis was fortunate enough to experience actually working in the commercial insurance industry for almost three years before entering the world of insurance recruiting. After graduating from SUNY at Oneonta in 1984, Ricky joined a national P&C brokerage. By 1987 though, Rick was hungry for something different, so he started working for a small, local recruiting agency and immediately found his passion.
Ricky’s success in recruiting only drove him to further succeed and improve himself as a recruiter. He moved on to a larger firm where he could have more support and exposure to more business. “I was so driven; I wanted to be the BEST ‘headhunter’ in the world.” Ricky is often up at 5:00 AM, in the office at 7:00 AM, and he is always looking to develop new business. He is known to many as the recruiter working 24/7 who hasn’t slept since he graduated college.
After 7 years with his mentor, Charles Muratore, Ricky was recruited by Dunhill Staffing to become a corporate trainer in the industry. As a corporate trainer, he opened new offices, improved existing offices, and helped bring a new generation of recruiters into the industry. Even within corporate training Ricky found success, but he truly missed the thrill accompanying actually recruiting. With the teachings he gained at Dunhill by Brian Block, who inspired Ricky to resurrect his recruiting career, and the training by Charles Muratore, Ricky was ready to be the best recruiter he could be.
Aside from recruiting and the desire to succeed, Ricky Lewis has a few true loves in his life. Family, sports, and music keep him going and he combines them when he can. Whether going to a progressive rock concert with his brothers or enjoying games with his nieces and nephews, Ricky does as much as he can. Though he hasn’t found the right woman yet for himself, family is the most important thing to him. Luckily he has two brothers, one sister, and nine nephews and nieces with whom to share his love, stories, and success. When he’s not in the office, he also enjoys fishing and coaching/playing baseball. From baseball in college to ’45 and Over Hardball’, Ricky has had a real love for the game and he relishes coaching younger generations. These loves and his passion for recruiting get him out of bed each day. “I will continue to be a recruiter until I draw my last breath—it’s what keeps me alive.”