Rick Welch

Occupation:  SVP Professional Services, Unica Corporation

First Car: 1968 Chevy Nova

Favorite Restaurant: Papa Razzi in Concord and Burlington MA - Try the Lobster Ravioli if you visit.

What are three things most people don't know about you?

a). I adopted my two kids  
b). I’m a martial artist with a black belt in Karate  
c). “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd is my favorite song.

What's been your greatest adventure in life?

Raising my two boys who are now 19 and 24 years old.  There was never a dull moment and every year presented new and different challenges.  And they both turned out to be great adults (so far....).

What's your best childhood memory?

Summers at the beach.  I will always gravitate to the ocean to recapture those feelings.

If you could have a conversation with a person of your choice, past, present or future, who would that person be and why?

Barack Obama.  He provides our best hope for a positive future for our kids

What's the hardest thing you've ever done in your life?

Recently I overcame a rather complicated and serious illness that I am now finally recovered from.  I had to use all of my skills (including project managing my health care providers) and more energy than I knew that I had, to create a successful outcome.

Tell us about your favorite hobby.

Boating.  I love to take my boat out into the ocean off Cape Cod.  The scale of the ocean helps me keep everything in perspective.

What are you currently reading? What is your favorite book?

While I’m not reading any book right now, The Jason Bourne series by Robert Ludlum are my favorites.

Is there a particular place or thing you want to see?

I would like to scuba dive at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.  I’ll get there!

If you could give $10,000 to a charity, what would that charity be and why?

I would give to a number of Cancer related charities since Cancer has impacted my family and friends.

If you weren't on the professional services career track, what would you be doing?

I’d be an Oceanographer (if only I could pass Physics).

What is the path that led you to Professional Services/Consulting?

I did some computer programming work in college on my way to my business degree.  I landed my first job as a programmer, leveraged that into a services marketing job at the same company and then became a Professional Services Practice Manager.

What advice would you give to a recent graduate who just took a job in professional services?

Two things, first only commit to what you can really accomplish.  There is lots of pressure to “just say yes” to win a deal in our business.  But nobody really wants you to say yes and then fail.  Second and related to the first point, remember that integrity comes first.  The only thing that you will carry with you from job to job as a consultant is your reputation.