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Rick Beneteau has worn many hats over the last six decades. Straight out of high school, he started working for his family dry-cleaning business, eventually managing the 4-store operation and finally purchasing the company from his father.
Throughout the 1970's and 1980's, while firing up the boilers at 5 a.m. six days a week, Rick pursued his true passion; writing and recording songs. He won Billboard Magazine's International Songwriting Competition the first two years running, and many other major music competitions. Music publishers and recording companies started picking up his material and artists like Tower of Power/Kenny G. lead singer, Lenny Williams; Latin sensation, Wilkins (produced by Emilio Estefan and Jon Secada) and the first Star Search Grand Champion, Catte Adams (produced by Charles Calello known for Engelbert Humperdinck/After the Lovin', Juice Newton/Angel of the Morning, Eric Carmen/All By Myself, Neil Diamond/Sweet Caroline) were recording his songs. He was also making regular trips to LA to cement publishing deals with people like Michael Sembello (Grammy-winning singer-songwriter-producer of songs like “She’s a Maniac"). Based on this success, he sold his dry-cleaning business in 1991 to form a music production company. In anticipation of that move, he spent the prior two years building a professional recording facility in his home, but unfortunately, the same month his production company launched, his marriage ended, and his studio and production company were lost in the process.
Devastated yet undaunted, Rick led the starving artist lifestyle while writing and producing three CD's but by 1996 he was forced to end his music career and made his way to the-then brand new Internet. With only 40 million people connected at the time, he began using his entrepreneurial and creative skills to become, as many now affectionately call him, "a grandfather of Internet marketing."
He published what was among the very first e-business newsletters and created the first info-product on article marketing as well as starting the Internet's first two-tier affiliate programs. Rick is credited for being among the first marketers to employ the concept of Joint234-prog-stat Venture Marketing, an online mainstay to this very…
Awards and Affiliations
Winner of Billboard Magazine's 1st Annual Song Competition in 1988.
Winner of Billboard Magazine's 2nd Annual Song Competition in 1989.
2003 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Rick's book, A Large Slice of Life to Go, Please!
1st Place Music City Song Festival 1984
1st Place Music City Song Festival 1988…
Causes and Organizations
10 Million Clicks For Peace
Rick's humanitarian work sheltering and feeding the world’s forgotten 21 million war refugees and sponsoring global peace education is endorsed by a Nobel Peace Prize winner, founder of one of the world’s biggest book publishers and the world’s most revered spiritual author among many…