Rick Timmons, a native of Greenville, graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1974 and completed his masters at the University of Chicago in 1976. He left IBM Corporation after two years and joined the family business, Canal Insurance Company, and he is a member of the third generation to manage the business. He has risen through the ranks to the position of Senior Vice President for Investments. Rick also serves in the management of several family owned enterprises that purchase, develop, and manage real estate and invest in capital markets. He is also President of Timber-Lands LP and Lullwater Syndicate, Inc., both privately held real estate companies.