Big Rick is Rick Ness's dad and the voice of experience on the crew.

Growing up in Escanaba, Michigan, Big Rick went into the family construction business set up by his father and uncles. Now with 38 years of experience in construction and co-owner of the company, Big Rick is a specialist in heavy machinery and knows his way around a work site.

Big Rick was skeptical of his son's ambition to be his own mine boss last year, but he pitched in to help Rick reach his goal of 1,000 ounces.