Who and Why

Hi – I’m Rick Retzko. I’m the founder of MFR Holdings, LLC, the parent company of AuditionForms.com and TheDirectorsRoom.com.
I founded the company and these sites following two twenty-year careers in Human Resources and Customer Service, respectively. I’ve earned a Bachelors in Music Education and a Masters in Industrial Relations. I have a beautiful, highly accomplished and gifted wife and we had a loving, funny and patient inspiration of a son whom we aspire to honor every day.
My father was an early computer operations manager, running Burrough’s machines, and my mom operated a keypunch machine in our basement. Given this exposure, I came by my fascination with code quite late in life and without a particular driver other than a need to get something done and the realization that these (then) new personal computers could help me do it. Little bits of knowledge piled one on top of the other until I found myself building computerized tools for my employers and at home to help my wife organize her work as a Choral Director and as a manager of Regional and All-State auditions.
The sheer joy of watching my code come to life and do good led me from avocation to vocation. I took the leap to self-employment in mid-2016 to offer the tools which are AuditionForms.com and TheDirectorsRoom.com to the wider population.
Also along the way, I took up the discipline of writing and I’ve had enough people comment positively that I’m encouraged to continue. Blue Circles are what I make around headlines, book reviews, op-ed pieces, advertisements, etc. that I use to find my inspiration and hook. I try to write about what I know and have done for forty-plus years: Customer Service. At the core, it’s what we all do and I hope you’ll find your own relevance in these words.
I encourage comments and criticism. We all grow stronger with a bit of physical, mental and philosophical challenge!

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