Rick Bloom worked in investment banking for his first decade after college and then spent the next two decades buying, turning around, operating and building small to mid-sized businesses for himself and his investment partners. Prior to joining Westridge Capital as a partner and a member of its investment committee, Rick served as a frequent advisor in their exploration and evaluation of investment opportunities. He currently serves as the CEO of WestMountain Gold, Inc., a precious metals exploration company with an active gold exploration project in a remote part of Alaska and as a Director of the company. He was most recently President, CEO and CFO of Support.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPRT), a publicly traded provider of technology support services and software and continues to serve as a Director.
Rick is a Director on the Advisory Board of PakLab, a family-office owned personal care products manufacturer based in Southern California and also a part owner and Director of NexCore Companies, LLC, a national healthcare real estate developer, operator and property manager. Rick helped NexCore through a going-private transaction and today the company is management and family-office owned. He was previously an operationally active Director of Glide Rite Corporation, a national field-service operator that provides equipment repair and maintenance services to the country’s largest retailers and the Executive Chairman of Myprint LLC, a private equity-owned web-based marketing execution services company. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Renaissance Acquisition Corporation, a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), from their initial public offering through closure. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Caswell Massey, a branded personal care consumer product company with a catalog and internet sales division as well as retail stores throughout the country and as a director and Vice Chairman through its turnaround and sale to a private-equity firm.
Rick served as CEO, President, COO as well as various positions at Marietta Corporation, a maker and marketer of personal care and household products for the country’s largest consumer products companies. Rick was on the Board of Marietta since he managed the going-private transaction and continued serving for a few years past the sale to a private equity firm. Rick also served as a director of AmeriQual Group, LLC, the largest producer and supplier of meals ready-to-eat to the United States military. Rick was a Founder, Managing Director and member of the Board of Imperial Capital, LLC, a Los Angeles based investment bank, where he focused on M&A and raising capital for small to middle-market companies as well as taking public companies private. Prior to that Rick was a Managing Director of Dabney|Resnick, Inc., a boutique Beverly Hills based investment bank and also an analyst at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jeanrette (DLJ) in both their New York and Los Angeles offices, focused on Corporate Finance, M&A and Merchant Banking transactions.
Rick earned his Bachelor’s in Economic Science from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and graduated summa cum laude with concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management. Rick has also served on the Boards of select non-profit organizations and has played an active role in the schools that educated his children. He earned a 1st Dan (degree) black belt in taekwondo and is trying to find the time to train for his second degree.