Romanus, Sr., Richard A (Rick) – age 60 of Roanoke, VA passed away Sunday morning, August 28, 2011, at home after a long battle with cancer.
Rick was President / CEO of AuctionServices.com and President of Blue Ridge Digital. An entrepreneur and visionary, he had many successful businesses in his career and spent the last 20 years actively involved with the auction industry. Rick was an active member of the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) and the Virginia Auctioneers Association and his passion was working with and contributing to the auction industry to help it grow, prosper and stay on the cutting edge of technology. He was a valued national and state level seminar speaker for many years.
Rick was the first non-auctioneer recipient of the NAA Diamond Gavel Award in 2005 for his many hours of outstanding service and contributions to the association. He was the first recipient of the Outstanding Service Award in 2009 from the National Auctioneers Foundation for his continued support and contributions and was the first non-auctioneer to receive the Gavel Award in January 2011 from the Virginia Auctioneers Association for his many years of support and contributions to the VAA.
Rick left a vision for the AuctionServices.com team, and, together with Nancy, his wife of 30 years who has stepped into the CEO role, we hope to honor his memory as we continue his legacy.