Rick is a lifelong student of sales and the selling process. He shares his knowledge and expertise with his colleagues and the vendors they serve to create productive programs that increase vendors' sales results. Rick uses an open and collaborative leadership style to deliver on our commitment to provide a different and better experience to the vendors we serve.
Recently, we asked Rick about his experience working at First American.
Q: What is the best part about your job?
A: In June, I will have been with First American for 14 years and there hasn’t been a single day – not one time – that I wasn’t excited about coming into work. How many people can honestly say that? I work with bright, energetic and hardworking people who share a goal of helping to grow our clients' businesses, ultimately fueling First American’s growth. I'm ecstatic to be working with individuals and teams of people all committed to winning.
Q: What would you say to someone considering a career in Sales at First American?
A: With extensive field sales experience, I have personally visited thousands of businesses. First American has a one-in-a-thousand kind of culture. I like how my colleagues make me feel – respected, appreciated and valued. At First American, I believe that we are limited only by our own imagination and desire to succeed. Our colleagues have the resources and support to do amazing things. In addition to being a successful and growing business, First American believes that every day, our colleagues make a choice to come in to our offices. I feel that my work experience is consistently the best that it can be.
Q: What are your greatest achievements? And do you have any regrets?
A: I’ve been fortunate to be given the opportunity to develop a new sales team, and then a new division; both from scratch. It has been an honor to watch my colleagues on those teams rise to the challenge and become experts in their roles and leaders of their own teams. First American provided me with the opportunity and the platform to demonstrate my capabilities and to achieve my goals. My only regret is that I didn’t find the company 10 years sooner.
For more than 30 years, Rick Blowers has led successful teams in a variety of industries. He joined First American in 2005 as a Regional Vice President, responsible for hiring and developing an expansion sales team. In the nine years that followed, his team focused on the healthcare industry and became the highest producing team in the company's history, consistently breaking records year after year. Rick received the company's highest honor, the Chairman's Award, for excellence in character and leadership in 2008.
With Rick's vision and leadership, First American became the first finance company to earn the elite Peer Reviewed by HFMA designation from the Healthcare Financial Management Association. In 2012, he led the initiative that earned First American's finance solutions the exclusive endorsement of the American Hospital Association (AHA).
For more than 20 years, First American has worked closely with hundreds of the highest quality vendors in the country. With his consistent track record of team development, leadership and goal achievement, Rick was asked to take the helm of First American's Vendor Finance division in 2014. Since then, the company has increased its investment in both people and systems to create a unique offering carefully designed to provide an exceptional experience for both vendors and their customers. Under Rick's leadership, the division has seen year-over-year triple digit growth as they continue to add quality relationships with premier vendors.
Rick is a Certified Leasing and Finance Professional (CLFP) and an active member of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association. He has a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. In his free time, he enjoys golf, spending time with family and friends on the water, and traveling with his wife and two daughters.
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