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Richard "Rick" Simon

President / CEO

United Service Companies

Richard A. “Rick” Simon is the President and Chief Executive Officer of United Service Companies. United Service Companies is a Chicago-based holding company and is the parent company of United Maintenance Company, United National Maintenance, United Temps Inc., U.S. Aviation Services Corp. Inc. and United Security Services Inc.

He has been with United Service Companies since its founding in 1965. He rose through the ranks to become its president and CEO in 1985. Under his leadership, United Service Companies has blossomed from a few small accounts in Chicago to thousands of accounts from Washington, D.C., to Honolulu, Hawaii. In fact, United National Maintenance is now the largest cleaning contractor for trade shows, conventions and special events in the United States. Richard’s commitment and passion for service have made United Service Companies one of the fastest growing cleaning, staffing, and security companies in America.

As an active contributor to Chicago’s business and tourism industry, Richard serves many prestigious boards. He is the current Chairman of The Magnificent Mile Association and also serves on the boards of Gateway Green, The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, and The Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association. Richard has also been an active member of the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau since 1980. In fact, he served as their chairman and in various board positions throughout the years. He is very involved with the International Association of Exhibition & Events (IAEE), the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO), and the Exhibition Service Contractors Association (ESCA). Throughout his career, he has been recognized by his industry and peers with numerous awards and was named by Tradeshow Week as one of the most influential people in the trade show industry.

Because of Richard’s leadership and dedication to his community, United Service Companies has become a major contributor to the United States Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, the Chicago Police Foundation, and the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, where he also serves on the board of directors.

Richard returned from the Republic of Vietnam in the winter of 1969 after having served in the United States Marine Corps from 1967 to 1970. Soon after, he began a dual career, serving as a Member, Supervising Member, and Command Member in law enforcement in Chicago between 1973 and 1996. While working at the Chicago Police Department, he had numerous assignments in the department and with other agencies, including the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and the State of Illinois.