Dick spent a summer as a sports writing intern for The Atlanta Constitution; and a year as an Associated Press (AP) staff writer. He covered the first Naismith Award winner (1969) and cherishes the original teletype story and photo with UCLA basketball legend Lew Alcindor aka NBA Hall-of-Famer Kareem Abdul Jabbar.
After boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina and combat training at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Dick was an administrative clerk in Norfolk, Virginia and Parris Island. He graduated from Marine Security Guard School in Arlington, Virginia and served on the security team of Secretary of State Dean Rusk at the United Nations in New York City; and as a Marine sergeant on the elite security guard program at the American embassies in Warsaw, Poland and Rome, Italy.
At East Atlanta High School in Atlanta, Georgia, Dick was newspaper editor, class graduation speaker, and recipient of the “Atlanta Quarterback Club Award” for outstanding academic and athletic achievement.
A past president of the National Speakers Association-Georgia, Dick is a recipient of the “Kay Herman Legacy Award,” this chapter’s most prestigious accolade.
Dick is a cofounder and president of the Chattahoochee Road Runners, the second largest running club in Georgia.
Dick received the Road Runners Club of America “National Volunteer Award” for two thousand hours of volunteer time in support of the running community.
Dick is a small group leader at Browns Bridge Church, one of six metro Atlanta campuses of North Point Ministries led by Andy Stanley. Previously, Dick was a Sunday school teacher for fifteen years. Additionally, he has served on fifteen teams for Walk To Emmaus, a three-day Christian retreat.
Dick mentored Scotty Cole, a student in his community, from the first grade through his high school graduation in 2012.
Dick participated in the “Watch Dog” program for grandfathers at Palmer Middle School in Kennesaw, Georgia, where he attended classes periodically with grandson Jackson for three years.
Dick spent thirteen years in sales/sales management. He finished at the top of his six-month Sales Training, Inc. class with a 98.5 average. During his prolific sales career, he received numerous achievement awards, including the “Clemens-Pender Award" – the highest honor conferred by the National Vehicle Leasing Association – for his tireless advocacy to get a “truth in leasing” law enacted.
Dick has written six books: If Life Is A Balancing Act, Why Am I So Darn Clumsy?...Burn Brightly Without Burning Out…Wisdom Gold…Leading Your Insurance Agency To Greatness with coauthor Scott Foster…Be Intentional Today and Chronicles Of A Career Communicator. He’s also the creator of Maximize Your Moments With The Masters, a comprehensive mentoring curriculum.
Dick established D. Biggs Corporation dba Biggs Optimal Living Dynamics (BOLD!) in 1982 on little cash ($2,000) and lots of enthusiasm.
Born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Dick lived in Baltimore, Maryland, Weirton, West Virginia and Cumberland, Maryland until his parents – Salvation Army officers for twenty years – were transferred to Atlanta, Georgia.
Dick and Judy married in 1984 and they reside on Lake Lanier north of Atlanta, Georgia. They have two grown daughters (Rebecca and Tara), a son-in-law (Bo) and grandson (Jackson), a college freshman.
Participating in more than two hundred road races, Dick has finished seven marathons, thirteen half-marathons and thirty Peachtree Road Races. He now runs about fifteen miles every week and works out on Nautilus three times weekly.
Dick enjoys solving crossword puzzles, playing Scrabble, reading, rooting for the Georgia Bulldogs and listening to harmonious doo wop oldies.