Merrick (Rick) Leckey

Rick LeckeyRick Leckey, a Certified Public Accountant as well as a Certified Hotel Administrator, has been a business owner, author, consultant and investor for 30 years. For many of those years he was primarily involved in the hotel business as an owner/operator. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Administration from Washington State University, and an M.B.A. in Finance, as well as, Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management from Michigan State University.

Leckey formed his own company in 1975 where he acquired and developed hotels as an owner/operator, with acquisition emphasis on distressed properties. He has owned and/or operated over 30 hotels and resorts, two freestanding restaurants and a night club.

Mr. Leckey has been an instructor in finance and managerial accounting at Cornell University and Michigan State University. He authored several texts developing the understanding of the economics of a business and employing quantitative tools in management. He has written a number of articles on timely topics regarding hotel ownership, operation and development.

He is a Vistage Chair with three groups, one with emerging entrepreneurs and the other two with larger established companies. Having joined TEC, now known as Vistage, in the mid 80’s as a member (and still belonging to that group), he strongly believes in the support and resource that Vistage provides to CEO’s.

He and his partner have created Charting the Seas of Success which is dedicated to assisting C – level executives in understanding the quantitative information they must master while understanding of  the economics of their businesses, as well as their role in the Strategic Planning process. He also works with Boards to better understand the information they are provided in order to carry out their responsibilities in the governance of the companies they serve. Charting the Seas of Success also regularly presents workshops for CEO’s and business owners entitled “What You Want to Know about Financial Statements but Are Afraid to Ask.”

His personal interests include automobile collection and restoration, boating, diving and tennis.