Rick Singh can rattle off reams of numbers that add up to one thing: Orange County is flourishing.
As the county's property appraiser he describes his task as "fairly and equitably assessing the the assets of Orange County for tax purposes." Those assets, by the way, equal $137 billion, showing just how robust the county is. Singh is two-and-a-half years into a four-year term, his first after running his own appraisal firm and owning a couple of Century 21 residential real estate firms.
Upon entering the property appraiser's office, visitors see a saying by Gandhi that extols the virtues of the customer. Singh encourages all staff to memorize it. "It's all about the people and customer service," he says.
The transplanted New Yorker has been in Orlando since 1986, drawn to the area to raise his family, he said. His two children have followed in his footsteps, with his son an appraiser and his daughter a real estate lawyer.
Singh prides himself on his job but also his outside interests. He is a musician, playing a harmonium, a keyboard instrument. He describes himself as a big Orlando Magic and Orlando City Lions fan. He stays fit by working out and playing racquetball.