RELEASE: TWO MERRIMACK VALLEY CITY OFFICIALS ENDORSE RICK GREEN FOR CONGRESS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 16, 2018
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Methuen City Councilor Steve Saba and Lawrence City Councilor Marc Laplante endorse Rick Green, candidate for Congress in the Third District of Massachusetts, praising Green’s real-world leadership experience, his optimistic vision to bring jobs to the district, and his commitment to tackling the opioid crisis.
Saba and LaPlante said that Green, the co-founder of 1A Auto, has the right skills to bring jobs to the Third District and resolve the opioid crisis. They emphasized that, in contrast to his opponents, Green is a “man of action” whose experience building a business from scratch makes him the best candidate for the job. They praised Green’s commitment to getting opioids off the streets and helping those suffering from addiction.
"Rick Green is the kind of leader who will build a better future for the Merrimack Valley. While his opponents might talk a good game, Rick is a man of action. His success in business and his optimistic, get-it-done vision make him by far the best candidate for this job. He knows what it takes to grow our economy, get drugs off the streets, and help people get into treatment for addiction. We are proud to endorse him and we look forward to working together with him to make our district a better place."
"I thank Councilors Saba and Laplante for their endorsement and I appreciate their support," said Green. "Our district needs new leadership with a bold vision. The American economy is doing well, but too many of our cities and towns have been left behind. I know what it takes to get the economic engine of the 3rd District revving, because I have done it. Together we can revive the old mill economies of the Merrimack Valley and all across Massachusetts."
Rick Green is the Co-Founder and CEO of 1A Auto, one of the country’s largest online auto parts companies. Rick and his brother Mike founded 1A to help people repair their own cars. The company succeeded due to one crucial innovation: 1A empowers their customers with a comprehensive series of practical how-to videos, free on their website.
Rick and Mike built 1A from nothing more than their shared passion for cars and the Green family work ethic. Today, 1A employs more than 450 people nationally, including at locations in Pepperell, Littleton, and Westford. It is the single largest seller of auto parts on eBay. 1A Auto’s more than 5,000 how-to videos have more than 250,000,000 views.
Rick is a graduate of North Middlesex High School in Townsend, MA. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University, where he played wide receiver on the varsity football team. After college, Rick went to work in the aerospace industry, quickly finding his way to the most prestigious employer in that field, NASA.
While Rick was completing an MBA at the University of Virginia, he and Mike began to work together to build 1A Auto. Although not rocket science, Rick found building a company that empowered customers both challenging and rewarding. He enjoyed working with his brother, and he intended to raise a family of his own in Pepperell.
Today, Rick lives in Pepperell with his wife Maggie and their children Finlay (8), Tessa (6), and Gifford (4). He is a Cub Scout Den Leader and a soccer coach. The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, the state’s most influential fiscal and good governance watchdog organization, recently honored Rick for his service. He founded the group and served as its board chair until earlier this year.