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Meet Rick

Rick’s wife Susan was diagnosed with brain cancer in 1994.  So Rick knows from personal experience the difficulty of navigating the medical system to find the best course of treatment. His experience helped inspire the formation of The Brain Tumor Network. Rick was formerly the President of Unison Industries, an aviation components manufacturer, which was sold to General Electric in 2002. Today Rick manages an investment business and is the President of The Sontag Foundation, a major sponsor of brain cancer related research, in addition to his duties at BTN. Rick sees BTN as the fulfillment of his dream of providing brain tumor patients with objective, viable advice when they are faced with the uncertainty that comes with a brain tumor diagnosis.


  • Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA
    Bachelor of Science, Physics
  • University of Nevada, Reno, NV
    Master of Science, Physics 
  • Harvard Business School, Cambridge, MA
    Master of Business Administration