Until January 2001, Rick was the only President of the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children (BTFC), which he co-founded in July 1983. At the beginning of 2001, he assumed the post of Chairman of the Board where he continues to serve and lead advocacy and pediatric children cancer issues and programs all across Georgia. (Read more about Rick and the history of BTFC in "About BTFC" on this website.)
Rick served on the Board of CURE Childhood Cancer and Leukemia and assisted during his tenure with the initial discussions and planning with Dorothy and Hamilton Jordan in bringing the program now known as "CAMP SUNSHINE" to Georgia.
Sauers is a frequent speaker on behalf of the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children and also as an advocate for all childhood cancer programs at Emory University and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
Rick is also President and CEO of Atlanta Web Printers Inc., a regional communications company. The Company specializes in high-quality coldset and heatset web offset printing of magazines, publications, directories, catalogs and advertising materials across the southeastern United States.
Locally, Rick was awarded the coveted Ben Franklin Award for 2003 by the Printing Industry Association of Georgia (PIAG). This award recognizes Sauers' lifetime achievements in the printing industry as well as his overall work in the community and in humanitarian service.
On the national level, he is a past President and Charter member of the PIA Non-Heatset Web Section (NHWS) and has held all officers' position since its inception in 1977. His special interest in print excellence led to his activities to create the special NHWS Graphics Arts Awards program in 1978, which he subsequently chaired for three years. This program has continued to grow in its success and expansion over the years. He also served on PIA's SNAP standards committee in helping develop the quality and production standards for non-heatset printing, using the SWOP design as a model.
In 1997, the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Atlanta Business Chronicle recognized Rick as a finalist in the Small Business Person of the Year Award, coming in second place to Charles Brewer, the founder of MindSpring.
Sauers is also a member of Emory's Lamplighters Society and is a charter member of the National Council of Medicine at Emory University for the Dean of Medicine.
Rick is an ordained Elder of the Presbyterian Church and is associated with various programs with Reflections Ministries in Atlanta. This businessman's ministry counsels, teaches, and leads men in Christian life, values, and principles for the home, the community and the marketplace.
Rick has been married to Sheila Anne (Crane) formerly of Decatur for 37 years. They have three children — Ryan (who heads up the Sales and Marketing Division of AtlantaWeb), Rory (an Insurance Executive), and Shaye Marie (who is lead Receptionist at AtlantaWeb) and two granddaughters by Ryan and Lara — Kelsey Noelle (3 1/2 years) and McKenna Danielle (6 months).