It’s often been said that passion breeds business success. Medway resident Tim Rice has both. From the time he was young child, Tim was fueled by a passion for photography. “Before I even had a camera, I could see light and composure, and was taking pictures in my head. Eventually, I went to school for photography and shot my first wedding at the age of 19,” said Rice. After college, Rice purchased a one-hour photo store, where he also had a photography studio. Life was good.
That is until the mid 1990s, when the digital camera technology wave swept in and changed everything. Rice, who was trained solely as a film photographer, saw the collapse of his business and his dream. “I was crushed. I actually quit taking photos for four of five years and got a job for a company,” said Rice.
Re-inventing himself and his business
His lifelong passion, however, could not keep him away. In 2009, Rice purchased a digital camera and made a pact: he would take a photo for 30 days straight, and share these “dailypics” on his blog and a Facebook page.
Today, more than a decade later, Rice hasn’t stopped posting a daily picture, creating an amazing streak of 3,800 pics and consecutive days. His pictures have helped fuel his business success. In fact, to accommodate the growth of his business, Rice built a post and beam kit barn, which is located in the back of his home and houses his studio as well as a gallery where he teachers photography lessons.
Following a successful business model
Rice attributes much of his success in business and his commitment to the community from the values he learned from his bank – Charles River Bank. “I try to mirror my business after companies that I admire. Charles River Bank is one of them. I came to the Bank when I was a kid, but I stayed because they are just so dedicated to the Medway community. They are at all the local events, and support so many community organizations through donations and volunteer time” said Rice.
A loyal customer
Rice also admires another quality about banking at Charles River Bank – how welcoming the team is to his beloved Bernese Mountain dogs, Josie and Argus, who often accompany him when visiting a branch. “Everyone at the bank is so friendly to me and the dogs. In fact, the president of the Bank doesn’t just know my name, he knows their names, too.”
Rice also appreciates the level of service he receives with his personal and business banking needs. “Everyone is so friendly and helpful. Whenever I have a question, there’s always someone there to answer me – even members of the senior team.”
Understanding the role strong businesses play in the community, the Bank’s support has extended to promoting his services, and that of other local businesses, in the branches as part of their Business Spotlight series.
“Charles River Bank really been a place for me to grow my business.”
For more information on Tim Rice Photo visit timricephoto.com.