Rick Green is co-founder, CEO, and president of 1A Auto, one of the country’s largest online auto parts companies. Rick and his brother Mike founded 1A to help people repair their own cars. The company succeeded due to one crucial innovation: 1A led the industry in providing customers a comprehensive series of practical how-to videos, free on their website.
Rick and Mike built 1A from nothing more than their shared passion for cars and the Green family work ethic. Today, 1A employs more than 450 people nationally, including at locations in Pepperell, Littleton, and Westford. It is the single largest seller of auto parts on eBay. 1A Auto’s more than 5,000 how-to videos have more than 250,000,000 views.
Rick is a graduate of North Middlesex High School in Townsend, MA. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University, where he played wide receiver on the varsity football team. After college, Rick went to work in the aerospace industry, quickly finding his way to the most prestigious employer in that field, NASA.
While Rick was completing an MBA at the University of Virginia, he and Mike began to work together to build 1A Auto. Although not rocket science, Rick found building a company that empowered customers both challenging and rewarding. He enjoyed working with his brother, and he intended to raise a family of his own in Pepperell.
Today, Rick lives in Pepperell with his wife Maggie and their children Finlay (7), Tessa (5), and Gifford (3). He is a Cub Scout Den Leader and a soccer coach. The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, the state’s most influential fiscal and good governance watchdog organization, recently honored Rick for his service. He founded the group and served as its board chair until earlier this year.