A New Smyrna Beach resident, Richard Ferency was born in Illinois, and attended Garfield High School in Terre Haute, Indiana. Upon his graduation from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, he joined the U.S. Air Force, and served his country with tours at Charleston Air Force Base, Vung Tau, Vietnam and Norton Air Force Base, California.
After his discharge from the U.S. Air Force, and return to civilian life, Richard joined American Airlines, and retired as a 767 Captain with 32 years of service. In 1988, he moved to Florida and started his encore career as a Real Estate Broker. Richard is married, and has two adult children. In his spare time he enjoys golf, tennis, skiing and fishing.