Rich served for 11 years in the US Navy. He served two tours in Desert Storm & Desert Shield. Rich has a patriotism and pride that many men and women that served share. He has stellar problem-solving skills that earned him a commendation from his commanding admiral for ensuring the continued service of jet engines during wartime. After his years of service to the country, Rich and his wife Kelly settled in Carlsbad, where they raised two sons. He is active with his wife in all aspects of supporting the military and trying to end veteran homelessness in San Diego. Rich is also the Executive Finance Director of a mortgage company, where he specializes in financial analysis that minimizes fees and costs for clients.