Rick Sweat

Vice President & Controller

  • 44 years of experience
  • 9 years at KDC

As Vice President & Controller for KDC, some of Rick’s responsibilities include financial reporting oversite (both corporate and project-level), oversite of the firm’s audits, cash management and disbursements, construction draw process, bank relationships, and property insurance.

“Being detail-oriented is a must for any accountant,” Rick says. “If you’re not detail-oriented, then you’re not doing your job well enough.” That’s been a mainstay throughout his career.

Rick joined KDC in 2013, and he particularly appreciates the firm’s entrepreneurial and family-oriented culture. He has spent the majority of his 40+ year accounting career working with commercial real estate companies either as their auditor while he was in public accounting, or as an officer in the real estate industry. He left public accounting as a senior manager in Ernst & Young’s EY Kenneth Leventhal Real Estate Group where he worked exclusively with large public real estate companies.

“My grandfather always told me that some industries come and go, but real estate will always be here,” Rick notes.

My grandfather always told me that some industries come and go, but real estate will always be here.

A native of North Texas, Rick attended Southern Methodist University for a year with a dual major in accounting and computer science before transferring to Texas A&M University, where he focused exclusively on accounting and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. Rick is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Texas.

“I knew early on that I wanted to work in accounting,” Rick says. “My mother was an accountant, and in high school, I took a bookkeeping class that gave me some insight into the profession.”

Outside of work, Rick enjoys spending time with his family. He and his wife, Judy, have been married more than 40 years and have a son, a daughter, two grandsons and a granddaughter.

Rick is the cook in his family. His grandmother was a big influence on his style of cooking and her recipe for skillet squash remains his favorite dish to this day along with a good steak.

Rick is also an avid soccer fan. After learning to play the sport in college, he was a player/coach in the North Texas Premier Soccer League until he hung up his cleats in 2010. He still enjoys watching soccer, particularly the U.S. Women’s National Team.

When Rick isn’t watching soccer or cooking, he’s reading. He loves science fiction novels and spy thrillers. Like millions of other sci-fi fans, one of Rick’s favorite books is Dune.

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