Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Rick has two degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: a Bachelor’s degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering with a focus on transportation systems. He has a degree in Theology from the Episcopal Divinity School and is an Ordained Priest of the Episcopal Church. He worked on systems analysis and undersea instrumentation at both the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the University of Michigan and on submarine propulsion systems. Rick then turned to recreational boating: developing, owning and operating one of the largest marinas on Cape Cod; a business he sold some years ago. Until recently, he also owned the local hardware store and associated marine supply and boat hauling/mooring business. In the course of his career, he has held many local, county, and state offices, including being a candidate for Lt. Governor.
Nine years ago Rick was appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts to head the state’s Seaport Redevelopment Initiative as Executive Secretary of the newly created Seaport Advisory Council. Rick continues in that role having served under five governors and additionally acts as advisor to the Governor and Lt. Governor on maritime policy and as Director of Port Development. His office manages the $300 million Seaport Bond Fund for Port infrastructure and oversees Port security policy and practice in the state’s next tier ports.
He is chair of the North Atlantic Ports Association’s standing Committee on Short Sea Shipping, is on the Executive Committee of the I-95 Corridor Coalition and charter member of the Maritime Administration’s Short Sea Cooperative Program (SCOOP), and travels extensively on Short Sea issues. He also is a member of the Dept. of Homeland Security Area Maritime Security Executive Committee. As time allows, he teaches Small Business Administration and Marina Management at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
Rick and his wife Pat have two married daughters and two grandchildren. They live on a small waterfront horse farm on Cape Cod and when they can, enjoy coastal cruising aboard “Frolic”, their Jarvis Newman downeast “lobster yacht”.