Advisory Board

Oliver “Rick” Richard, III 's Biography

Rick Richard is currently the Chairman of CleanFuel/USA, an alternative motor fuel company based in Georgetown, Texas. He is also the Director of Empire of the Seed, LLC, his consulting firm. Mr. Richard was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Columbia Energy Group from 1995 to 2000. He is a former FERC Commissioner, the youngest Commissioner ever appointed to the FERC and received the FERC Chairman’s Medal and the Distinguished Service Medal from the U.S. Secretary of Energy for his role in unbundling interstate pipeline markets. Previously, Mr. Richard served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of New Jersey Resources; as President and Chief Executive Officer of Northern Natural Gas Pipeline; and as Vice President and General Counsel of Tenngasco. 

Mr. Richard earned a BA in Journalism and a Juris Doctorate of Law degree from Louisiana State University. He also received a Master of Law in Taxation from Georgetown University.