In my life, I have strived to test the limits of what is possible, and achieve. But for every success, there have been multiple failures. While in BUD/s I had my good and bad days, eventually graduating and serving 12 years in the SEAL teams with my fellow brothers. One of my hardest missions came after more than a decade of service and continues today.
My drive is the same, never wavering telling myself, “there is nothing I cannot do.” I take calculated risks (Business Risk). Seeking out risk in business and failing some of the time I do get discouraged. Picking myself up from failure I learn the most about myself. I believe when failures happen you either get up and learn or you let it consume you. Many times I have been discouraged, down on myself, and over-analyzing the failure. Looking back at all my failures and the journey after my biggest takeaways are to be persistent, focused, to learn and embrace your passion, and build a trusted team around you.
My approach is different, I love motivating and managing highly driven teams. But I also love helping, and inspiring the hidden passion inside people. At the core of this story, there is a lot of battles internal and external. This place is for me to share these experiences, working to inspire one person at a time. Respect and gratitude, Rico.
As his Platoon Commander, I have countless stories and examples of how leadership, service, and action characterize Enrico and contributed directly to our success. On one instance prior to conducting a special operation mission that had the highest levels of visibility within our government, Enrico showcased his industriousness and versatility by deconflicting software and hardware issues within one of our mobility assets. Completely outside the scope of his job and determined to ensure our mission readiness, he helped switch out multiple critical navigation and communication systems in arduous conditions under a highly constrained timeline. He worked tirelessly (for over 36 hours straight at one point) with multiple units and technical experts to ensure that all vital systems performed properly during this no-fail mission. Demonstrating a superior level of technical comprehension and a "never quit" attitude, his calm leadership and swift actions during this stressful period are a shining example of his dedication and how much I depended on him during our time serving together.
I first met Enrico in 2008 as I was assigned to a SEAL Team as the Commanding Officer. Over the following two-year period in this position as an indirect supervisor, I had very frequent opportunities to observe Enrico's professionalism and innate attributes. While somewhat reserved in character, Enrico exemplarily led those with his actions, routinely demonstrating exceptional planning and timely decision-making during extremely sensitive special operations missions. Often these missions required unique creative thinking and collaboration with other U.S. government organizations to develop feasible plans, which were later approved at the highest level of our government. Based upon his past performance, I trusted his personal involvement, sometimes quite independent of supervision, in this mission planning and execution - he always exceeded my expectations.