Frank Ricci







FRANK RICCI III, PhD, CHt - A Renaissance Man

Frank Ricci has lived a varied fruitful life and is a nationally respected Life Management Coach, Behavioral Therapist and Inspirational Speaker

Frank believes "You can accomplish anything you put your mind to", but the most difficult challenge he ever faced was when he contracted Cancer from second-hand smoke (Frank did not smoke).

After he conguered this potentially deadly disease he co-founded The FREND Group Clinic and Self-Improvement Institute. FREND's mission is to help people improve the quality of their life through treatment and education on how to quit this hideous addiction. Dr. Ricci has spoken to over 200 organizations with more than 150,000 people attending. A few of his clients include General Dynamics, The Association of California Highway Patrolmen, the State of California plus numerous city and county government agencies

FREND has now expanded its charitable program to include stress relief, weight management, pain, insomnia, substance abuse, addictive behavior, life management coaching and much more.

Awards and Recognition

American Cancer Society for our national treatment and education program to help eliminate substance abuse
Recognition from The Urban League for being a positive role model for inner-city youth
Testimonials from countless clients whose lives dramatically improved after receiving our program
Endorsements from several government agencies, major corporations, law enforcement, fire-fighters, health facilities and educational institutions
Humanitarian Award for Dr. Ricci's leadership and compassionate work with Downs Syndrome children

National Defense

Frank was raised in a hard working immigrant Italian family in New England. At nineteen he joined the United States Air Force and attended engineering school outside Washington, DC where he received a Secret Clearance and a degree in Computational Geodetics.

Frank says, "One of the highlights of my military career was attending the inauguration of a fellow New Englander and my Commander and Chief, President John F. Kennedy whose wife also came from Rhode Island". After receiving an honorable discharge, Frank continued his education in the then fledgling computer field and worked in defense as a Scientific Computer Programmer.

International Celebrity

Frank loves music and was gifted with an exceptional singing voice inherited from ten generations of singers in his family dating back to the year 1700. He would sing locally and was spotted by Jose Feliciano's Manager who set him up with an audition at a major Las Vegas hotel. After they heard Frank sing one song they immediately offered him the Headline position, unheard of in Las Vegas at that time. Frank then starred alongside music legends like Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Reba McEntire, Tony Bennett, Marty Robbins, Tammy Wynette and dozens more. Frank says, "One of the highlights of his exciting career was also performing with childhood idols like The Coasters, The Drifters, The Platters, Little Anthony, The Shirelles and countless more. You can read Frank's  musical biography at:

Contracted Cancer

During his years as a Concert Artist, Frank performed in many smokey showrooms. It took its toll and he contracted Cancer from second-hand smoke. While receiving Cancer treatments, Frank could not perform, so he thought about what he would do with the rest of his life and prayed should he be blessed to get through thisthis life threatening ordeal he would dedicate the rest of his life to helping people in need. Frank knew, he did not have the energy at that time to perform and looked for another occupation until such time he was able to return to his first love.

Equity Share Specialist

During his singing career his avocation was investing in real estate so he decided to obtain his Realtor credentials and joined a national real estate firm as their Investment Manager. At that time, the U.S. was going through a severe recession so it was not the best time to get into the real estate business.

To succeed in the music business you have to be creative and work extremely hard, so Frank applied his work ethic to real estate. After analysing the situation he decided one of the issues that caused homes sales to be dead-in-the-water was the inability of many buyers to come up with the required 20% down payment they needed to obtain a home loan. Frank believed, if he could solve that part of the equation he could help buyers who qualified for an 80% loan but lacked the 20%.

Frank set aside one year and developed a creative financial program that partnered home sellers with financial lenders in assisting qualified buyers with the down payment needed. Because this was a new creative approach to the problem there was no shortage of nay-sayers. However, Frank believes in the motto “People who say it can’t be done should move over for those who can do it”.

Three major financial lenders agreed to accept Frank's new program. Next, to get the word out, Frank conducted a real estate radio talk show to make the community aware of his creative “Equity Share Financing Program” and that was all she wrote. Frank's phone lit up with Home Sellers and Home Buyers wanting to take advantage of his proprietary program. As a result, Frank became Top Producer in the company and was written up in newspapers like the San Francisco Chronicle.

Establishes Health Clinic

Frank continued his studies receiving a Doctorate in Metaphysical Theology, a Certification in Clinical Hypnotherapy. Once his studies were completed, Frank founded with his Wife Gwendolyn, The FREND Group Clinic and Institute for Self-Improvement in 1994, dedicating their lives to helping people in need. As a result, The FREND Group has become a national leader in addictuve behavior, Life Management Coaching, Relationship Counseling and Mind/Body Wellness.

Today, Frank is a much sort-after Inspirational Speaker, Behavioral Therapist and Life Management Coach.

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