Dick was born in rural Oakland County, Michigan, and has lived in nine states, including his native Michigan. After graduation from Lake Orion High School, he entered Michigan State University, where studies were interrupted by service in the US Navy. Upon completing his studies with a BS degree, he worked in cabinet making and home construction with his father. Joining a prefabricated home builder in Dearborn, he was transferred to a branch factory in Port Jervis, New York. Leaving that company, he formed a home-building company in the area. Although the business was a successful operation, he joined the Federal Housing Administration and moved to Casper, Wyoming.
After serving as cost examiner for the Pacific region in Honolulu, Hawaii, and chief architect in the Casper office, Dick joined a timber and building products firm in Minneapolis where he advanced to middle management. The company was acquired by an international firm where he progressed through several positions, becoming a division sales and marketing manager. Ready to test his mettle, Dick, with his late wife Elaine, formed a company in Virginia and sold the successful distributorship and countertop fabricator to a British firm.
Retiring for three weeks, Dick became a business broker, earned an MBA at Radford University, and has since been deeply engaged in business consulting. Dick, daughter Penny, and sons Jim and Randy and their families live in Virginia.