Rick Edwards began his career as a true “cradle-to-grave” engineer within the marine industry where he developed a practical, first-hand understanding of the complete life-cycle of any design – from early requirement and conceptual development, to management of quality of products already in the field. With this foundation, Rick added project and program management to his repertoire through his extensive work within the heavy duty truck industry bringing complex products to market ranging from Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Mitigation systems to Connected Vehicle and Telematic systems.
Overall, Rick has more than two decades of practical project execution experience, five of which have been spent initiating, promoting and building Project Management Offices (PMOs) and Project Management guidelines. He has also spent more than a decade as a coach to teams utilizing Operational Development to improve processes and performance. Through his work with establishing PMOs, Rick has also been a leader in establishing learning communities and study groups for others within his organization looking to earn their PMP certificate. Rick holds an MBA from Wake Forest University, a BSME from Trine University and is PMP certified.