Richard M. Pruitt
Since May 2003, Rich Pruitt has served as the Associate Vice President of Environmental Programs at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. He currently is responsible for evaluating new technologies, developing corporate vision and strategic initiatives and setting policy for all environmental regulatory compliance and continual improvement operations for the company. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is a global cruise vacation company that operates Azamara Club Cruises, CDF Croisières de France, Celebrity Cruises, Pullmantur, and Royal Caribbean International, and is in a joint venture with TUI Travel to operate TUI Cruises. The company has a combined total of 40 ships in service and two under construction. It also offers land- and rail-based cruisetour vacations in Alaska, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Latin and South America and New Zealand.
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. In 1990, Rich was accepted to United States Coast Guard (USCG) Officer Candidate School. After graduating that same year, he was assigned to the USCG Intelligence Coordination Center Detachment in Maryland and shortly thereafter to Coast Guard Headquarters as an Indications and Warning Watch Officer.
Rich's marine safety career began in 1993, when he was assigned as a resident Marine Inspector at Colonna's, Norshipco and Newport News shipbuilding yards while assigned to the USCG’s Marine Safety Office Hampton Roads, in Norfolk, Virginia. In October 1995, he was selected to become chief of the port safety and security branch, and he held that job until 1997, when he was transferred to the position of Contingency Planner for South Florida (Oil Pollution Act of 1990) at MSO Miami. In 1999, Rich was selected to become Chief of the USCG Passenger Vessel Control Verification Examination (CVE) School, where he directed the USCG's Center for Excellence for foreign passenger vessel examinations. As a Senior Marine Inspector, Rich also served as the port state control program leader and casualty investigator, responding to serious marine accidents involving all types of casualties.
Rich was selected to become the inaugural USCG Passenger Vessel Safety, Prevention and Mass Rescue Operations Program Manager at USCG Headquarters, where he served until his retirement in 2003.
He holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Environmental Studies from Florida Atlantic University. He also earned 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.
Rich and his wife Margy live in Plantation, Florida. They have three children and four grandchildren.