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The Rivica Legacy: How My Family Inspired Me to Start My Own Business

My time in Australia gave me plenty of career opportunities that allowed me to attain a management position within a government organisation.

One of the drawbacks of being an investigator is that you work under assumed identities. I had to use a different name, passport and identification. Most of the time, it felt like I was living as someone else, and due to the confidential nature of my work, I was unable to disclose what I did to anyone.

To many people, this kind of stuff sounds exciting. Almost glamorous. But for my wife and I, it became draining to run the same cover story day-in, day-out. I had to lie about where I worked and what I did. When my wife and I went to interview schools for my son’s education, I was not able to disclose what I really did.

Naturally, I began to feel unsettled. I began questioning myself. Is it worth it? Is this what I really want to do?

Having to portray a different persona, keep my work hidden from friends and family and the day-to-day stresses of managing difficult staff took a toll on me. Australia gave me a change of pace and a platform to grow my career, but I was beginning to feel like a vagabond.

One day, my son’s class was asked to bring their dads to school to give a presentation on what they did for a living. Most of the fathers in my son’s class had prestigious jobs, ranging from successful lawyers to heroic firefighters. But as I was working under an assumed identity, I was unable to disclose what I did. I had to say that I gave security advice to commercial firms – a watered-down description of my job and one I knew my son wasn’t proud of. I could not tell his class – let alone my son – that I went to work armed with a gun every day and investigated the most dangerous and organised criminals. I felt like my work meant hiding a lot of information from the people I cared about. And while my intention was only to protect those people, I knew it was going to be harder to carry the disguise over time.

In 2014, my family and I moved back to Victoria where I was finally able to feel grounded in my work. It was here that I discovered my purpose.

My passion is helping people get to the truth.

Even more simply, my passion is helping people, and that was what I was determined to do with my career.

One day in 2014, I was in a shopping centre when I came across a stall for security training for security guards. I got talking to the representative, who offered me a training role for certified courses specialising in security and investigations.

I did not want to be a trainer, but I knew I wanted to leave a legacy. I wanted to create something that my son would be proud of. That was my driving force.

I wanted to work under my own name and build credibility as a private investigator. I wanted to provide a premium level of service and care for my clients under the authenticity of my own brand.

And so, in 2014 I created Rivica Investigations & Covert Solutions, under my own name, Richard James. I created the company with my family in mind.

My family is the heart of Rivica, hence the name was derived from the initials of my family.

Today, I am proud to have served a multitude of clients independently as a private investigator. I have begun working closely with the legal community to help lawyers and solicitors proceed with legal matters. I help my clients find the clarity and confidence they need to move forward with legal matters. I educate and empower them to make informed decisions.

And I no longer must hide behind a false identity.

It took me a while to find my purpose and create the legacy I want to leave for my family. But for all the stress and uncertainty I experienced throughout my career, I realise now that I would not have ended up here without it. And I could not be prouder of what I have achieved.

1 thought on “The Rivica Legacy: How My Family Inspired Me to Start My Own Business”

  1. Hi Richard Great to hear things are going really well for you. How time flies only seems like a couple of years ago we were in Cardiff Central and you were telling me your plans to move to Australia. I am confident your business will continue to go from strength to strength and you will to maximise your undoubted potential.
    Hopefully we will get to meet up again in the future.
    Best wishes to you and your loved ones from a wet and miserable West Wales

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