Rico Cecala


While many Realtors have a background that extends beyond real estate, few if any bring Rico’s unique past. As one of a very few people ever accepted directly into the SEAL team training (BUDS) right out of high school, Rico began one of the most demanding careers in America. Working around the globe for well over a decade, he was not only a Tier 1 soldier, but also a trainer and instructor for fellow SEALs, directly supervising the training of over 600 operators. Bringing this perspective, experience, and methodology to the SLC team along with his 12 years in real estate makes his contribution invaluable.  He is also a partner in Pathfinder Teams, a master-level training and coaching company serving the real estate industry in North America.

Rico is a seasoned Realtor and investor and understands construction, project management, and operations at a very high level.  His ability to keep things moving as promised is key to the team’s ability to handle large and mixed-use projects.

Rico lives in Cottonwood Heights, Utah, with his wife and two sons. He is a back-country enthusiast and is a senior instructor at Gym Jones, one of the nation’s most elite fitness companies.

Awards and Achievements

  • Bachelor of Science – Information Systems – University of Utah
  • 2016 Veteran Student of the Year – University of Utah
  • Certified Master Instructor – Gym Jones
  • Project Manager – U.S. Navy Special Warfare Programs
  • 2 Bronze Stars, 1 with Valor – United States Navy, SEAL Teams
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