Director of Operations
My name is Deric Richardson-Riddle and I am the Director of Operations at Rift Pay, Inc. I was born and raised in Fort Worth, TX. My dad is from Long Island, New York, and my mother is from Bangkok, Thailand. Being identified as gifted and talented at such a young age, I always took on advanced classes as I attended Montessori school.
My entrepreneurship interest sparked at a young age when I realized that I enjoyed making short films and stories that were created in the depths of my mind. I ended up winning a city-wide competition for one of my writings and was given the opportunity to direct, produce, and star in my own professional theatre play. This gave me the confidence to apply myself to things that I had previously doubted myself on. Throughout high school, I participated in many extracurriculars and tutored peers throughout my 4 years. During this time, I found my passion in helping others around me and within my community. I learned that my actions, no matter how small, could impact lives deeply. Going to Austin College was one of the best decisions of my life. I continued to participate in many extracurriculars throughout college and became very prevalent in social life on campus. This experience helped me learn valuable social intelligence skills as well as emotional intelligence skills. I used these experiences to help propel myself into an influencer on campus.
I worked with Adoba, our CEO, on a couple of projects throughout college – including business development ideas with Mark Wahlberg’s Wahlburgers company. I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a minor in Psychology. I used these experiences cumulatively to portray the best version of myself that I could. After graduation, I began to work for a real estate investment company during its startup phase. I ended up being promoted to team lead after 6 months of reconstructing the department and streamlining its processes. I have applied myself to many other operational areas in this company and want to bring this knowledge as well as my passionate/creative mind to Rift Pay.
I want to bring innovation and creative thinking to Rift Pay through my knowledge of people, operational organization, and how to work successfully under pressure. I see Rift Pay revolutionizing the way people around the globe use their money and know that it will be a very influential product for years to come. Building a solidified structure that the company can refer to as we grow is one of the biggest goals. I want to create an infrastructure that will allow our voices to be heard, while also assisting us with the ever-changing road bumps we will experience as we expand. I want to give consumers power with their finances so that they can spend more time with the ones they love.
Fun Fact: I enjoy writing music on my down-time. Music plays a huge part in my life.