There’s No Substitute for Education, A Founder’s Story with Rick Yeager
Rick Yeager is a finance executive with over 30 years of service to his clientele. After graduating from UCLA, Rick started his career in the mortgage industry and segued into tax resolution nearly 15 years ago. Most recently, to better serve his clients and business, Rick obtains his MBA which has been invaluable in the expansion of Benefits Tax Advisors.
Tell us about your childhood and where you grew up
I grew up an only child raised by a single mother in Sacramento, CA. My mom worked hard and I would not consider us poor, but there definitely was not a lot of money to go around. I loved sports growing up, always had a lot of friends to hang out with, and was considered intelligent by my teachers, but I did not have good study habits which reflected in my grades. Once enrolled in junior college, where I continued to play sports, I realized that in order to make something of myself I needed to focus on my studies and get a degree.
How did you get started as an entrepreneur?
After graduating college, one of my high school friends was making his way as a mortgage loan officer and he introduced me to the business. I never really wanted to work for someone and being a fully commissioned loan officer seemed like a great way to apply my people skills while being my own boss.
What is one business lesson you would tell a startup founder?
Concentrate on customer service and the reward will follow.