“The book ‘Hope is Not a Strategy’ is one of the most influential books I have read in my career,” wrote a man in Quebec on an online memorial site.
“Rick made a positive and powerful impression on me and my professional life,” said another man in Boulder, Colo. “Although I did not know him personally, his professional legacy provides ample evidence of a life well-lived.”
“He had a tremendous insight into selling and life – a great businessman and an even better friend,” said a Dallas man.
A Utah resident wrote that “Rick was a great mind in the sales community and an even greater human being.”
Founder and CEO of the Alpharetta company The Complex Sale, Page’s books include “Hope is Not a Strategy: The Six Keys to Winning the Complex Sale,” and “Make Winning a Habit: 20 Best Practices of the World’s Greatest Sales Forces.”
“He was a man who touched many lives, both professionally and personally,” David Stargel, company president and chief operating officer, wrote in a message on the company’s website. “Those who knew him loved him and respected him for his intelligence, vision, professionalism, humor, and love for his fellow man.”
People in the north Fulton community who knew Page say he was a special man.
“He was a huge benefactor with time as well as money with his wife, Pam, at Roswell United Methodist Church and North Fulton Community Charities,” said Roswell City Councilwoman Nancy Diamond.
“They were primary to the creation of the huge building at Magnolia and Mimosa that is the [church’s] youth building.”
“We knew him because he was one of our daughter’s ‘extra’ parents, giving huge amounts of time and mentoring to her and so many others through the youth program. There are quite a few ministers that have come from that generation of the program.”
Barbara Duffy, executive director of North Fulton Community Charities, said Page’s death was “a terrible loss.”
“Rick Page had the biggest heart and touched so many. He was always looking for ways to help people improve their lives.
“He was a long supporter of and advocate for NFCC both personally and through his company The Complex Sale. His joy for life and compassion for others survives him. “
One of his closest friends, Roswell resident Rusty Gordon, who knew Page for 25 years, recalled him as being “generous to a fault” and a “gifted storyteller.”
“Yet his greatest impact was as a story maker who entered the lives of people he came to know and would then make an extraordinary effort to make their dreams come true,” Gordon said.
Page “treated pets as if they were people, friends as if they were family, family as if they were gods. And his God he treated with a sense of awe and a little bewilderment,” Gordon said.
“I am at peace knowing that now he is only awestruck and I am the one bewildered.”
A memorial service for Page was Nov. 30 in the chapel of Roswell United Methodist Church.