Mr. Fairchild is a practicing Certified Public Accountant, President and founder of Fairchild, Lebel & Rice, PC, a Lansing firm of eight people, including six CPAs. He has worked in accounting since 1973, and in public accounting since 1979.
Rick has taught, published articles and spoken on various tax and accounting topics to groups such as the Small Business Administration, the Michigan Society of Association Executives, Lansing Community College and numerous other organizations. Mr. Fairchild has taught continuing professional education courses for the Michigan Association of CPAs for about 20 years.
Mr. Fairchild is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Michigan Association of CPAs. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Michigan State University.
Mr. Fairchild and his firm have worked with small businesses, trade associations, employee benefit plans, individuals, estates and trusts for 37 years. The practice encompasses accounting and taxation, with an emphasis on planning, estate planning and general business consulting.
Rick specializes in matters of taxation, tax planning and business consulting. He continues to provide technical updates on taxation to CPA groups, and consult with other CPAs on unusual or complicated matters.
Prior to opening his public practice, Mr. Fairchild served as the controller of a manufacturing business, the chief financial officer of a hydrogeological and environmental consulting firm, and a college accounting instructor.
In his spare time, Rick can usually be found playing with his dogs Gertrude and Harold, bicycling or digging more holes in the garden for his lovely wife, Linda.