He and his brother, Sheldon, have been in the clothing business since they were young boys.
Dick Lerner holds a degree in business from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and after graduation started working full-time in the family business in 1973.
He completed professional programs at Haas Tailoring to become a Certified Custom Clothier and attended the prestigious Haggar Institute at the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University in New Orleans. He later completed coursework offered by the Men's Retail Association to become a Certified Wardrobe Consultant, a program conducted by the Wichita School of Textile and Science.