DMAW/EF’s President, Rick Powell, has been involved in direct mail fundraising since his college days working part time on Capitol Hill for a small special interest group. After graduating with a degree in Public Accounting in 1981, he formed and managed a caging and data processing company, Palmer Technical Services, a caging and data processing company. Palmer served the donation processing needs of nonprofits with substantial direct mail fundraising programs.
After earning an MBA in 1997 from Loyola College in Maryland, Rick founded the Production Management Group (PMG), which has grown into a leading provider of integrated and direct mail production management services to nonprofits and the agencies that serve them. In 2007, PMG expanded into online fundraising through a new division, The Engage Group. And in 2009, PMG acquired MMI Direct, a data processing, merge/purge, and list fulfillment company. Due to the growth and success of PMG’s postal logistics business, the division launched its own brand, MailSmart Logistics, in 2012.
In 2018, Rick transitioned ownership of PMG to the company’s dedicated and talented employees. PMG is now a 100% employee-owned company. Rick continues to serve as the company’s President and CEO.
Rick’s volunteer work includes several board positions. Previously, he served as the Treasurer of the DMAW Educational Foundation and beginning in January 2016 assumed the role of President. He also serves on the board of the Indian Creek School, an independent private day school in Crownsville, MD.
Rick was a founding member of the Anne Arundel County Great Give initiative and served on both its steering and training committees.
Rick leverages PMG and its supplier partnerships to provide pro-bono print and direct mail production services to local non-profits like Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic, The Lighthouse, a homeless prevention support center, and Nick’s Place, a Recovery Home for young men battling addiction and alcoholism.
His interests include spending time with family and friends, Terps football and basketball, the Baltimore Orioles, and he will always find the time for a round of golf!
A little known fact: Before college Rick was a Security Policeman in the Air Force and during college a Weather Specialist in the D.C. Air National Guard.