Ricci Global is a private investment firm that makes strategic investments using a variety of strategies in diverse verticals. From a lineage beginning in 1940 in hospitality and tourism, to professional sports and entertainment, to real estate finance, Ricci Global continues to develop and invest in innovative people, businesses and ideas.
Led by founder Nick Ricci, the firm’s success is grounded by a genuine desire to give back and make a difference in our communities. Ricci Global also believes in environmental stewardship and in the humane treatment and preservation of all life.
If you share our beliefs, the things we value and have an interest in making intelligent business investments, let’s talk.
Michael (Mac) and Olga Ricci began their family legacy in the Fallsview tourist area with the opening of Oakes Inn, in the world famous Niagara Falls. For over 51 years, the Ricci’s welcomed tourists from around the world with their hospitality. Eventually their son Nick Ricci took over the family business following his successful hockey career, until the hotel was sold in 2000.
Nick started his OHL career playing junior hockey with his hometown team the Niagara Falls Flyers. In 1979, he was drafted in the 5th round of the NHL entry draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was also that year when the OHL awarded Nick with both the F.W. “Dinty” Moore Trophy and the Dave Pinkney Trophy for best goals against average for a rookie goaltender. Nick went on to play for the Penguins for the next three seasons before he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1983.
Nick took over the reigns of the Mississauga Ice Dogs when he purchased the team from retired professional hockey player, NHL coach and legendary co-host of Hockey Night In Canada Don Cherry. Under his leadership, guidance and expertise in the league, Nick successfully led the team to the play offs for the first time in franchise history.
Nick was appointed to the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission by the Premier of Ontario Mike Harris and remained on the board until 2005. The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission builds and maintains all facilities for Customs and Immigration functions on both sides of three international borders.
In 2004, Nick hired NFL Hall of Famer Dan Marino to host the TV pilot of a new sport reality show Ricci produced called The Try Out. Amateur hopefuls would compete for a chance to try out and play with an NFL team by showing off their skillset to judges and legendary NFLers Franco Harris, Richie Petitbon and Ralph Cindrich.
Driven by the passion for teaching others, Nick formed Goalies Only Consulting Services. The company aimed to develop the careers of young hockey hopefuls develop as either junior or professional goaltenders.
Nick brought together the world’s best skaters to Niagara with his Skate Niagara Ice Show. This annual event featured Canada’s top Olympians and International Skating stars Kurt Browning, Nancy Kerrigan, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. With the shows overwhelming success Nick is currently in the process of unveiling World On Ice, an international skating event, in the near future.
The cornerstone of Ricci Global’s growth strategy has and continues to be real estate development and finance. Timing and the strategic acquisition of lands in prime markets is fuelling growth. And by partnering with carefully vetted developers, builders and buyers, risks are mitigated and above average returns are enjoyed by all partners. It’s a formula for success that few enjoy.
Check out young NHL’er Nick Ricci, as he outlines his hockey career start, the love for the game & his family.
This world-class production features North American skating icons, Olympic medalists and World Champions. World on Ice is an exciting and spectacular entertainment show that captures the talent and athleticism of skating legends Kurt Browning, Nancy Kerrigan, Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir, Javier Fernandez and so much more.
Enjoy this sneak peek into the making of the Ricci Global video holiday greeting.
This TV pilot hosted by NFL Hall of Famer Dan Marino is a fast paced, football-driven reality series that gives NFL hopefuls a chance to live their dream and play in the NFL. These hopefuls are given a chance to make their mark and impress the judges, legendary NFLers Franco Harris, Richie Petitbon and Ralph Cindrich.
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