Rick Swarbrick grew up in a family business as his father started Superior Lighting in 1968. Rick started working for his father when he was 10 and, in high school and college, he would help out in the summers. He finally joined the business full-time in 1987 and has been there ever since. Superior Lighting Inc. serves clients in a six-state area helping their customers reduce energy costs, enhance their image and improve safety.
What has been your most important achievement professionally? – Having been in the family business for 26 years and my CLMC certification (Certified Lighting Management Consultant).
Tell us a little about your family. – I have a beautiful wife, who I’ve been married to for 23 years and three wonderful children, Tiffany, Kory and Allan. They are 21, 18, and 13 respectively.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – Spending time with my family and golfing.
What are you the most proud of? – My family and working for the family business.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – I’m not sure where I saw this the first time, but I try to live my life by this quote “Everything you do is based on the choices you make. It’s not your parents, your past relationships, your job, the economy, the weather, an argument or your age that is to blame. You and only you are responsible for every decision and choice you make, period.”
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? – I guess it’s not really one word, but I would like to be remembered as “Happy- go- lucky.”
If you could have a super power, what would it be? – To make everyone happy.
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? – Professional hockey player.
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? – See You at the Top by Zig Ziglar
What is your favorite movie? – Slapshot
What is your favorite TV show? – The Voice
What is your favorite local restaurant? – I have two. Charlies on the Lake and The Drover
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? – Wayne Gretzky and Warren Buffet