Raised in Colorado and moved to Las Vegas in 2005 when he began working in the hospitality industry and volunteering with local nonprofit organizations. As Mr. Las Vegas PRIDE, Rico hopes to help build a stronger LGBT community by connecting different nonprofit organizations together; he has volunteered with and helped support Southern Nevada Association of PRIDE, Inc., the Human Rights Campaign, The Center, Opportunity Village, Junior Achievement, Communities in Schools, the Las Vegas Rescue Mission, and Three Square.
In December 2015, Rico graduated from UNLV with his Master’s degree in Hospitality Management and married his husband, A.J. O’Reilly, in August 2014.
Rico looks forward to representing Las Vegas in a positive manner and is excited and honored to use the title of Mr. Las Vegas PRIDE 2016 to help unite the LGBT community.