Ricardo was born and raised in the heart of North Charleston, South Carolina. He became a Police Officer for the City of Hanahan, SC in 2007 and later became a School Resource Officer for Hanahan Middle School, where the true intent of his life’s purpose was revealed. As a result, in 2010, Ricardo started The Distinguished Gentlemen’s Club, a program with a mission to guide young men in grades 3-12 through the often-challenging transitions from childhood to manhood through intentional mentoring. The aim of the Club was to raise servant leaders in the community through character building, promoting positive relationships, and establishing effective goal-setting practices. This program continues to serve children in the Charleston area today.
Ricardo is the author of A Gift Worth Fighting For (available online at Barnes & Noble and Amazon), a book designed to give adults who work with children tools that better themselves in order to assist children in developing and growing into positive adults in society. He believes children are a gift from God and should always have someone in their corner fighting for and with them. Ricardo also recently completed his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at Strayer University. Ricardo continues to press forward with the mission of expanding and extending opportunities to reach the next generation of servant leaders. In his leisure time, he enjoys traveling, sitting by the water’s edge, and spending quality time with his family.