John R. “Rick” Aleman founded Selrico Services, Inc. in 1989 in San Antonio, Texas, with six employees, a vision, and a strong determination to succeed. By 2003, Selrico was supporting the country’s efforts in the international war on terrorism with service contracts in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Jordan and Bahrain. Selrico was on the ground in Iraq in 2003 building Camp Bob Hope, the largest dining facility in the country. Just seven years later, Selrico was working in 15 U.S. and international locations by providing food, construction, facilities maintenance, operations and maintenance, and other infrastructure support services to the public and private sectors.
Rick has over thirty years of successful business operations, management, finance, procurement, human resources and client relations experience. He possesses an excellent reputation with Federal and State government entities and private sector businesses alike and has a broad and deep knowledge of Federal and State procurement. His commitment to quality management practices is demonstrated by his company’s ISO 9001:2008 certification. Rick continues to guide his ethnically diverse company by providing strategic leadership and direction with the goal of ensuring growth, development, competitiveness and viability.
Prior to establishing Selrico Services, Inc., Rick served in the United States Army and held the position of Food Service Director at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana where he was responsible for all aspects of food operation for 15,000 students. His background also includes the management of daily food and catering services for Stop n Go and 7 Eleven stores throughout Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas. He graduated from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas with a BBA in Accounting and recognition as a Distinguished Graduate, and also earned a degree in Culinary Arts from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
One of Rick’s proudest achievements is that his children have followed in his entrepreneurial footsteps. His son Richie formed Ashby Services, Ltd. in 2005 and has won Federal and local contracts, and his daughter Selena started Adelaide Services, LLC in 2010 and has already won her first State contract.
Rick’s many achievements include certification as a Food Product Service Professional, designation by Inc. Magazine’s Hall of Fame for Top 100 Fastest Growing Inner City Companies, a seat on the Board of Directors for Holy Cross High School in San Antonio, certification for Professional Leadership and Development, and Military Recognition and Certification for Quality Product Delivery and Services. He is a member of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. His achievements also include leading Selrico Services, Inc. through the Small Business Administration 8(a) minority business program. As a successful graduate of the program, Selrico now mentors and teams with emerging minority firms.