Richard E. Esse

Vice President & Senior Communications Counselor

Rick Esse

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Rick joined the Neuger Communications Group team in 2009, and is responsible for developing creative and strategic communications solutions for clients in a wide range of industries. With a natural eye for design, color and typography, and a knack for creative writing, Rick has made a career of understanding clients’ needs and developing thoughtful, engaging solutions.

Rick began his communications career as the director of advertising for the Northfield News where, among many things, he was charged with establishing and meeting sales goals, developing specialty publications and generating advertising.

After a successful tenure with the newspaper, Rick launched his own business, Esse Advertising, where across a span of 15 years he counseled clients in developing results-driven advertising campaigns and print communications solutions. Altogether Rick brings more than 30 years of communications experience to his role at Neuger Communications Group.

A graduate of St. Olaf College, Rick holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and philosophy. He has also received significant training in the visual arts – experience that has further developed his “jack-of-all-trades” character.

Rick lives in Northfield, Minnesota, with his wife, Pam. Rick and Pam have an adult son, Alex, and a dog named Churchill. Rick is active in Rotary and enjoys reading, golfing, cheering for the Twins and the Vikings, and working on the occasional home improvement project.

I cheer for: I cheer for the Minnesota Vikings without fail. It’s a disease.

Favorite office tradition: Our birthday celebrations. We’re each responsible for bringing treats for someone’s birthday. Most bring one of their homemade specialties. Others (like me) shop. As you would expect, we have some very creative chefs.

Every year I look forward to: The changing seasons. I like all six of them: spring, summer, autumn, early winter, winter and late winter.

See What Our Values Mean to Rick+


Integrity speaks for itself. If you have to talk about it, you probably ain’t got any.


Our theme song could be “Nobody Does It Better,” from “The Spy Who Loved Me.” We may not have a 007 on our staff, but we do have a few tricks at our disposal. And when it comes to tackling your project, we’ll give it everything we’ve got to obtain the excellent results that we expect and you deserve. Being boastful is antithetical to our collective persona, but the fact is, “Baby we’re the best.”


Our work is often done behind the scenes, and success can be difficult to measure. Yet, our clients know when we’ve helped them reach their goals. They tell us so. And when they’re successful, we share in it – behind the scenes.

Commentaries From Rick

Yesterday’s News

January 25, 2013

I’m a newspaper guy. Always have been. Running a paper route as a kid. Reading box scores every day. I couldn’t live without a daily newspaper. Still can’t. Read More »

This is Our Kind of Town, Northfield Is

February 9, 2011

Even though I’ve only been with Neuger Communications Group two years, I’ve been a Northfield resident for nearly three decades. My wife Pam and I moved here from northern California in 1981, arriving on the Sunday of Defeat of Jesse James Days. Read More »