"I support the Marine Corps University Foundation because I believe so strongly that leadership development and education are two of the most critical factors in maintaining the level of excellence that has differentiated the United States Marine Corps throughout its history. My support is also a way to give something back to the finest fighting organization in the world in which I had the great privilege of serving."
Mr. Rick Adams is President of Adams Consulting Group, a management consulting firm specializing in strategic planning, marketing and sales. He served on active duty in the Marine Corps from 1956 to 1958 with units of the Second Marine Division.
Serving as a senior executive with several major U.S. and international corporations in the telecommunications and computer industries, he was recently Chief Marketing Officer for Tachyon, Inc., an international satellite broadband services company. He was also Chief Marketing Officer for Rhythms NetConnections, a provider of DSL internet access services in the U.S. and Canada. At AT&T, he held positions as Marketing Vice President for AT&T Global Business Communications Services and Vice President-Worldwide Industry Marketing & Business Development (AT&T/NCR). He was Vice President-Marketing and Sales for Fujitsu Business Communications Systems and prior to that spent several years with GTE in a variety of senior marketing, sales, operations and financial positions.
Mr. Adams holds an Master of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University, with undergraduate studies at the University of Kentucky where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta. He has been active in the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA) and is a former President of the Hawaii Chapter.
He is an active tennis and squash player and enjoys hiking and various other outdoor activities. He and his wife, Carol, reside in Paradise Valley, Arizona.