Today, as a part of our Behind the Seams with A.K. Rikk's series, we would like to introduce you to our General Manager, Nick! Nick is one of the latest additions to the A.K. Rikk's family and we are so happy to have him! Get to know Nick better in his Behind the Seams interview!
Where are you from?
I am from Stanwood, MI. It is a very small village about 45 minutes North of Grand Rapids. I graduated with about 75 kids. Like any small town, it had its pros and cons, but I learned at a young age that the working class is an integral part of our economics.
What initially drew you to A.K. Rikk's?
I used to shop here and always thought the experience was incredibly unique. It’s unlike any other store in Grand Rapids. The culture, atmosphere, quality of clothing and furniture showed that owner cares about craftsmanship. I began to see how involved A.K. Rikk’s was in the community and it really peaked my interest!
What is your favorite part about working at A.K. Rikk's?
It’s a very unique set of individuals that mesh well together, but still preserve their individuality. We all have very different approaches to things, and I think that makes a great symbiosis within an organization. I feel incredibly fortunate to have this opportunity to learn from so many talented people and be mentored in my professional development. The clients are just as equally unique, and I enjoy getting to know them personally!
When you're not at work, what could we find you doing?
I have 3 kids, Korbin, Nixon, and Nora. My wife is an absolute saint and does such a great job with them while I’m gone, so I try to give her some free time when I am home. When I get some free time of my own, I enjoy Mountain-biking, golfing, and weight lifting.
What is your personal mantra?
Hard to narrow it down to one, but my Father always told me no matter what happens in life, “treat people the way you want to be treated”, and “never give up, or in.”
If you could spend an hour in the company of any famous person, living or deceased, who would it be? And why?
Robin Williams, hands down. He was such an incredibly gifted and intelligent person. I would've loved to tell him, “it’s going to be okay, man.” I literally cried like I lost a family member when I heard he had passed.
This concludes this Behind the Seams interview. Next time you stop in, be sure to say “hello” to Nick!