Rick Thompson

director of Sales & Acquisitions/Managing Partner

Always Looking for the Next Challenge
Unanimously Voted Funniest of the BrightLeaf Gang

“Just work hard and always strive to make a difference.”

Rick has always been industrious. Ever since he was a little kid he wanted to have a job and make his own money, whether it was raking leaves for his grandmother or selling mixed CD’s in middle school – he was always looking to create opportunities where there were none.

 In college at Illinois State Rick studied political science and English with intentions of becoming a lawyer. But during his senior year Rick came to the realization that he couldn’t imagine sitting around and studying for another four years and started looking around for other career path options. Around that time his brother, Alex, pitched him a proposition to start their own construction company. Rick had always been fascinated with marketing, entrepreneurship, and doing his own thing and was easily persuaded.

While Rick cultivated the clients and brainstormed the initiatives to push the company forward, Alex was hard at work managing the projects and making sure they ran smoothly – not unlike each of their current roles at BrightLeaf. 

At BrightLeaf Homes Rick brings a lot of passion and energy into the office. He’s a licensed real estate broker and handles the land search and market analytics, the acquisition and sale of properties, and matches the right home to the right people. Because according to him building people’s dreams is “an art and a science.”

The Rick outside the office is social – he enjoys being around people, especially his two favorite individuals in the world: his wife and daughter. He’s a big music enthusiast and one of the first albums he ever owned was Parliament’s Live P-Funk Earth Tour. Rick loves sunshine, his bulldog Donut, and learning new things. He’s a fanatical reader, a certified personal trainer, and it’s a rare thing to see him sitting around for too long.



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I cannot express how happy I have been to work with BrightLeaf Homes! BrightLeaf offered the perfect solution for several of my clients that had exhausted the inventory of existing homes, but still failed to find a match for their family needs. They were able to locate the right land and also allowed my buyer clients to customize their build both physical…CONTINUE READING

– Agnes Halmon, Real Estate Broker, Coldwell Banker

Last year, my husband and I were looking for a new home that was close to the city, access to public transportation, within our price range, and didn’t require a lot of updates or fixing up. It was hard finding all those criteria fulfilled in one home. We did find a home we liked, but unfortunately we missed out on it. I took a chance and contacted the bu…CONTINUE READING

– Bernadette & Chris N., Brookfield

We thoroughly enjoy living in our BrightLeaf home. The energy efficiency, open floor plan, passive solar heat and lighting are all great features. Energy bills are less than half of our previous home with 20 percent more square footage. Friends and neighbors always comment on the beauty of the space. The open floor plan gets lots of compliments and everyo…CONTINUE READING

– Martin & Kim C., Brookfield

Building a home was a major life decision for our family. Choosing BrightLeaf made that decision and the experience beyond enjoyable. The team at BrightLeaf was there to help guide us through every step of the way. No concern was too big, or too small. We couldn’t be happier with our home, and couldn’t have selected a better team to build it.


– Carol & Abe R., Brookfield

BrightLeaf Homes is an excellent home builder, and delivers a positive buying experience from the initial meeting, through closing, and beyond! I represented buyers for a BrightLeaf home in Forest Park, and the relationship with Rick and Scott was invaluable in my client’s decision to move forward with confidence. BrightLeaf Homes is the first builder I h…CONTINUE READING

– Doug Stachowiak, Realtor, Best Chicago Properties

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