Rick Destito is a Real Estate Investor, Social Entrepreneur, and owner of The Gear Factory. The Gear Factory is a 65,000sf building in Syracuse with a remarkable history, modern energy, and a promising future that Rick is steadily redeveloping with green infrastructure and a crowd sourced designed layout. Located at the crossroads of several diverse neighborhoods, it houses studio spaces for artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs. He is committed to creating a city where people who live the arts, live music, and live entrepreneurship every day can just be more successful here rather than somewhere else, a place where awesome things happen every day for no special occasion. Rick lives with his wife and two daughters in the Near West Side’s SALT District close to work in a house they purchased for 1 dollar and renovated with his two hands and the help of a few friends. He is also a member of the Syracuse Public Art Commission, a founding member of Lipe Art Park, and is involved with various other community groups.