Rickey Brown

Minnetonka, Minnesota, United States


Hello, I’m Rickey Brown, a graduate of the University of Richmond, E. Claiborne Robins School of business with a BA degree in Management Systems and Marketing.  I am married to Rhonda Simpson Brown and we have three (3) adult children, Erica, Jessica and Justin and two grandchildren, Marcus and Carmen.  


I’ve had a lifelong passion for business and sports.  I am a former collegiate athlete who played football at the University of Richmond from 1973 to 1977 and was the team's leading receiver in 1975 and 1976.  I played high school football in the state of Virginia for the Hampton High Crabbers under the legendary coach Mike Smith, who is one of only 7 high school coaches in our nation’s history to win over 400 games and 12 of the school’s 17 state championships.  


After spending three years with IBM from 1977 to 1980 as a Marketing Support Representative, I joined the University of Richmond coaching staff as an assistant football coach.  In 1981, I re-entered the business world, joining the Honeywell HVAC controls sales team responsible for the Virginia Wash DC/ Maryland area.  I’ve been fortunate to enjoy a classical product marketing, product management and sales career that includes positions as a Customer Service and Logistics Manager, Senior Product Marketing Leader and Regional Account Sales Executive with well-known Fortune 500 firms such as IBM and Honeywell.  


Business wise, I’m passionate about strategic thinking, business development, strategic planning, collaborative selling and building relationships.  I am also passionate about physical conditioning and exercising on a regular basis which includes pick-up basketball and golf. I believe these are the essential skills needed in order to win and be successful, whether in business, sports or life in general.  


As a managing partner with the Oikonomia Consulting Group, LLC a newly established Minneapolis based start-up firm offering business consulting services to small companies, the aim is to help them accelerate and achieve their market expansion, growth and profitability goals.  As a certified Agent Advisor with Sports Management Worldwide, I also provide athlete management services to current and potential professional athletes.  Services include contract negotiations, endorsement proposals, sponsorships, ethics and post career strategies and planning advice.  


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