Once back home, Dick did a short stint with a local agricultural chemical company, but soon took a position with a local bank, servicing agricultural loans. It was during this time Dick met and married Jeanine, and started a family. Ten years later Dick moved to the Production Credit Corporation as branch Manager, once again servicing the local agricultural financing requirements. During these years, Dick found the time to obtain his RE license. By 1986 the area agricultural operations had fallen on hard times and Dick could see the writing-on-the-wall and decided to open his Windmill Realty business 1986. Having lived in the area all his life [except for the Navy years] and his work with Ag financing brought him familiarity with the properties and owners in the entire Torrington area.
Business was going well, and Jeanine joined him in Windmill in 1991. Dick and Jeanine raised four daughters and have lived on the same farm two miles North of Torrington since 1973. As Dick tells it, it’s been an enjoyable ride all these years working with the farmers and ranchers of the area, and he wouldn’t trade all those experiences for “anything”.
Dick sees the RE market changing in the area and knows that Windmill needs to change along with it. Because of this, he is de-emphasizing his day-to-day involvement in Windmill and has brought on younger agents to continue the business. Curtis [Dick’s Son-in-Law] and Terry will be happy to assist you in whatever your RE needs are, and of course, if background is needed on any property, Dick will be available to provide all the details needed.