RICK JAMES FUJITA

Posted On January 25th, 2014 -

1-25-RICK-JAMES-FUJITARICK JAMES FUJITA 55, of Bluffton, South Carolina, passed away on December 8, 2013. Rick was born on October 20, 1958 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was a Certified Public Accountant with a BBA from the University of Hawaii and an MBA from Queens University. Rick had an exceptional career in finance, beginning with Arthur Young and Company in Honolulu, Hawaii. He then joined American Television and Communications, the cable division of Time, Inc. in Denver, Colorado as Director of Accounting. While there, Rick established operating divisions in Shreveport, Louisiana and Dallas, Texas. He later joined Cable Audit Associates, working with clients such as HBO/Cinemax, Turner, A&E, Lifetime, Discovery Networks and ESPN. Rick was then recruited to join Raycom Sports in Charlotte, North Carolina, becoming their Chief Financial Officer. Raycom was the largest sports and entertainment television syndicator in the country and Rick was responsible for all aspects of finance and accounting. When Raycom Sports placed itself for sale, he led the due diligence process and helped to successfully conclude the sale of the company. Rick then joined Nuray Holdings, a financial holding company with twenty-three entities as Chief Financial Officer. He also served as a financial and management consultant. This led to Rick becoming Chief Financial Officer of CraftBuilt Homes in Bluffton, South Carolina, where he developed the plan to split the company into two parts-homebuilding (CraftBuilt Homes) and real estate development (Village Park Communities). Rick remained as Chief Financial Officer of Village Park Communities, and was responsible for all daily operations including finance, accounting, sales, marketing, purchasing, production and construction. Rick was an avid collector of modern and contemporary art and a supporter of live theater. He is survived by brothers Russell (Jo-Ann) and Randall (Robynne) Fujita, nieces Hillary and Kiah, and nephew Nicloas. A celebration of life was held in Bluffton, SC.


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