Richard Pruitt – Board Member
Since May 2003, Rich Pruitt has served as the Associate Vice President of Environmental Programs at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. In May of 2011, he assumed additional duties related to corporate Maritime Safety, Management Systems and Situation Management. He currently is responsible for evaluating new technologies, developing corporate vision and strategic initiatives and setting policy for all environmental and maritime safety compliance and continual improvement activities for the corporation.
Prior to joining Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Rich served in the United States Air Force and the United States Coast Guard. From 1980 to 1990, Rich was an Air Force airborne Russian linguist and Airborne Mission Supervisor, assigned to various units and the National Security Agency. He also served in various national security and marine safety positions with the United States Coast Guard from 1990 to 2003. He has earned an Environmental Master of Business Administration degree from Florida Atlantic University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management from National Louis University and an Associate’s degree in Russian Interpreting from the Community College of the United States Air Force. Although stationed outside the state for many years, Rich has always called Florida home, and he and his wife Margy have now lived in Broward County for nearly 15 years. They are adoptive parents of three, and grandparents to four. They have served as foster parents for 15 years combined in Maryland, Virginia and Florida. Rich is currently a Guardian Ad Litem in the 17th Circuit and he is actively engaged in various other charitable organizations.