|At the age of 12, Richard Q. Flick started out working in his father’s dealership, Banner Chevrolet. He performed various duties, including washing cars and stocking parts. Over the years, he has been involved in duties for every department. In 1994, at the age of 30, Rick became president of Banner Chevrolet and in 2002, he founded Banner Ford.
Continuing education and training is very important; the Banner dealerships always meet 100% of the GM and Ford required certifications and training. Rick believes you can never stop learning and encourages his employees to do the same. He offers his employees tuition assistance to encourage them to continually broaden their knowledge base.
The entire Banner philosophy is built around a pledge to transact all business affairs with integrity, honesty and fair treatment to its customers and employees. This focus has proven very to be a very successful business plan.
Rick’s contributions to Louisiana dealers are evident in his Board service. For example, he has actively represented local dealers as an LADA Board Member from 1997-1999 and then again from 2000-2010. He was the LADA Chairman for the 2008-2009 term. In addition, he is currently representing Louisiana as the DEAC State Chairman. His efforts have helped increase our state’s DEAC contributions by over 20% and special focus on the President’s Club has yielded a growth from 2 in 2011 to 7 in 2013. Since 1996, Rick has served on the Greater New Orleans New Car Dealers Association’s Board of Directors. He further provides valuable input by participating in 20-Groups for both Ford and Chevrolet.
A strong and thriving community is equally important to Rick. He is currently serving or has served on many local Boards, including Boys Hope/Girls Hope, St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce, the Good Shepherd Nativity Mission School, and the Louise S. Davis Developmental Center. For thirteen years, he has been a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and has served on the Northshore Buisness Council since 2011.
Rick’s late father, Richard J. Flick, inspired his family with the generous spirit to start the Flick Family Foundation. The foundation has given thousands of dollars to local charities and schools focusing primarily on children, education and poverty. Some primary charities have been Boys Hope Girls Hope, Youth Service Bureau, Second Harvest Food Bank, Children’s Hospital, Bridge House and numerous local schools. Additionally, the foundation as well as Rick and his family personally assist with packaging and delivering meals to the needy on Christmas morning through the Covington Rotary’s Feeding the Needy Program.
Rick and his wife, Tina, have two sons, Christian Quaid (15) and John Conner (13).