2019 Rob Portman Leadership Award - Rick Oliver
Rick Oliver is our 2019 recipient of the Rob Portman Leadership Award. This award is presented to an organization or individual from the tri-state region who has significantly contributed to the advancement of our mission through support, influence or involvement in substance use prevention. Mr. Oliver has worked in radio and television for over 40 years and is now retired from Fox19 NOW (WXIX-TV).
Rick was born and raised on several farms in Henry County, Kentucky. He was educated at Henry County High School, Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky. His professional career was in the media and entertainment field. Rick has worked in radio and television for over 40 years. Past jobs include, Corporate Film Director/Metromedia Communications, Corporate Film Director/Malrite Communications and Program Director and Station Operations Manager/Fox 19 Raycom Media.
Rick has been involved and engaged in the community, working with many local and regional athletic organizations, serving as both a coach and board member for Bluegrass Baseball. He has also served as a board member and part of the Executive Committee for Prevention FIRST! And was a co-founder of Boone County Alliance. Several years ago he was honored by ADAPAO (Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Association of Ohio) with the 2012 Community Champion Award for his work with PreventionFIRST!.
Rick is now retired and married to his wife of 42 years, Jerri. They have two adult sons, Rainer and Ryan Oliver and one grandson, Wyatt. In his spare time, Rick likes to fish, listen to music and is an avid University of Kentucky fan attending football, basketball and baseball games. Go Big Blue!