Over the course of his career, Rikki worked as production management, sales and event execution for concert productions in the Texas Region including talent booking, media relations, press junkets and more. Talent and media works included but not limited to Selena, Oscar D’Leon, Brian McKnight, SWV, Havana NRG!, Grupo Niche, Tito Puente, Tito Puente Jr., Celia Cruz, Run DMC, Cypress Hill, Nia Long, Fat Joe, Notorious B.I.G., Chayanne, Luis Enrique, Stevie B., TKA and many more spanning several decades. Other notable work in the area of talent includes a major principal role in the Universal Pictures release “The Island” (circa 1980). From the early 1980’s Rikki worked marketing concepts/music programming with radio properties KNON 89.3FM, 100.3 KJMZ, K-104FM, KICK 99.1FM, KHYI-Y95 and after many years Rikki broke away from the music to focus on public relations.
Rikki’s career has allowed him to become a specialist the art of media relations, digital strategies and managing the brands of his clients via the digital space. In 2000, Rikki launched a business called Artistik! Media which focused on moving from traditional forms of media relations, publicity to immersing himself in the new digital world that was forming. In 2006 Rikki changed his company brand name and launched Creative Juice Online, Digital Brand Management company. Creative Juice Online focuses on the growing evolution of digital communications for companies in areas of social media platform, integration, amplification of their message to his vast online network in the DFW market.
Rikki was a contributing writer for Monster Nation Magazine, a global online magazine for Monster Products, Inc., the creators of the best headphones, speakers, audio cables and more. Monster Products, Inc. created the headphone for the now global Beats headphones. Rikki reports entertainment from the Dallas, Texas market to their online magazine. Rikki also is a contributing writer and handle digital strategies for Mercado Bilingue Magazine, a Dallas based online magazine.
Most recently Rikki and Creative Juice Online were featured in Los Angeles’ #1 affluent bilingual magazine, ALEGRIA MAGAZINE.Alegria Magazine is where you will find the best of the Latin American culture in the U.S from restaurants, bars and lounges to the latest designers, influencers and artists, who are changing the way we live the Latin – American experience all done in bilingual fashion. You may visit www.alegriamagazine.com and download the full issue and find us on pages 54/55. In 2018 Creative Juice Online will join forces with Alegria Magazine for a Dallas edition to target the affluent Latino marketplace.
Other business ventures Rikki was announced this year (May 2016) as President of Music Access Latino, a division of Music Access, Inc. (Recording/Distribution) and will run day to day operations for the Latino market segment of company. Next up is chikiPoP, a music label was launched in 2015 to target the emerging youth marketplace with an emphasis on talent ages 8-15, Latino, Urban, Pop and other genres with partners at Music Access Inc, C-Factory Productions and El Creative Ad Agency.
In 2005 Rikki Co-Founded Social Latino USA, a professional networking movement in the Dallas, Texas market. Social Latino USA launched in 2005 in Dallas, Texas and began as a monthly 1st Friday mixer rotating at the cities hottest and trendiest venues, from W Hotel/Ghost Bar, Joule Hotel, Crescent Club at the prestigious Crescent Hotel and many other venues and has now developed into quarterly experiences in both Dallas and now Austin (4 years). The purpose and goal of Social Latino USA is to bring together Latino professionals and non-Latinos alike in order to provide them with top-notch experiences that surround them with others for both business and a night in the city. #MixMingleMove is the official hashtag for Social Latino USA.
Finally, personal interests and commitments aside Rikki invests time within work as Entertainment Chair with both St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital Annual Gala in Dallas, Texas and Noche de Navidad/ Navidad En El Barrio, two major causes close to my heart that affect children both locally and worldwide. Other past commitments include service in the United States Marines Corps Reserve.
Rikki’s current professional profile includes:
- CEO/Creative Director, Creative Juice Online
- President, Music Access Latino (A division of Music Access, Inc.)
- Co-Founder, Social Latino USA (Professional Networking movement Dallas/Austin)
- New business venture TBA
• St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (Entertainment Advisory Board 2005-2012)
• Selected as “Heroe en la Comunidad” by the Texas Rangers Baseball Association 2013
• Mayor of Dallas “Men Against Abuse Rally” digital outreach team 2013
• Mayors Connect Dallas-Digital Brand Committee (Mayor of Dallas)
• Diversity Member (Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau)
• Dress for Success Dallas Non Profit (Event Music Programming)
• Hispanic Communicators of DFW (Event Planning Committee)
• Chivas Regal 1801 Dallas Brotherhood Ambassador
• Founder/Creative Director, Social Latino USA
• Selected as “Mover and Shaker” in Mr. Latino Magazine