Richard Hickman, co-founder and board member of Atlantic Pacific Processing Systems, has more than twenty-five years of entrepreneurial experience across many fields. Hickman is the visionary and driving force behind APPS’ continued success and growth. His innate talent to engage employees and associates alike has benefitted the company immeasurably by creating an environment that promotes collaboration, partnerships and relationships. His expertise spans a full range of financial and operational functions, making him a business leader equipped to ensure that Atlantic Pacific remains a leader in the merchant services industry.
Throughout his career, Hickman has brought vision and strong leadership to every facet of business. His areas of expertise include multilateral payment system design, integration and implementation. His core strength is in the development of teams with extensive knowledge across various business verticals. To ensure that the company vision is met, he remains focused on strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions. Through his leadership, APPS continually elevates industry best practices.
Prior to Atlantic Pacific, Hickman, created, developed and sold a private auditing firm in the hospitality industry. During his tenure, he identified the need for a simplified system for clients who accepted credit card payments resulting in the ground-up development of a scalable payment CRM system with multiple applications. Since APPS’ inception, Hickman strives to continually provide the most effective and cost-efficient electronic payment solutions available today.
With a passion for philanthropy, Hickman extends his leadership acuity to both worldwide and local communities. He is a member of the founders circle for Convoy of Hope, a worldwide disaster relief charitable organization. He is also an open supporter and advocate for Teen Challenge, an organization which provides youths, adults and families with an effective and comprehensive Christian faith-based solution to life-controlling problems such as drug and alcohol addiction. Working hands-on with these non-profit organizations, Hickman is able to not only help, but at the same time educate the community at large.