NFLT is featuring its Board Members and highlighting the great work they are doing within our organization and in the broader community.
Captain Rick Hoffman served in the US Navy for 28 years. He commanded two ships, USS De Wert (FFG-45) and USS Hue City (CG 66), both home ported in Mayport, Florida.
His Navy career included a tour as Aide de Camp to the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Operations Officer and Chief of Staff to Commander, Enterprise Battle Group and Branch Head for Overseas Exercises at US Central Command.
He is a graduate of The Citadel with a BS in Biology, The Naval Postgraduate School with an MS in Oceanography and the National War College.
After retiring from the Navy in 2003, he established Orion Solutions LLC, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. OSLLC provides technical services and training support to the Navy.
How long you have served on the board?
I joined the board in January of 2022, so have completed my first year.
What influenced you to join the NFLT Board?
Development and the huge impact it has on all of those things that people move to Florida to enjoy. I hate that we clear off a huge area down to the topsoil, disrupting habitats, and displacing or killing species that have no means of moving and the general disregard for the habitat is most disturbing to me. There are ways to develop without the nuclear option which is the easiest path for most developers.
What excites you most about the direction of NFLT, and how will you contribute to it?
I am excited about working with our staff, consultants and board of directors who all have demonstrated their commitment to NFLT’s Vision and Mission; and the commitment of their time, talents, and gifts.
As you observe our local area, what is an issue affecting North Florida that concerns you? How do you think NFLT can help?
The State of Florida and North Florida, in particular, are facing major changes in the effects of global warming impacts, and the need for responsible environmental real estate development design, that insures we can over time minimize the loss of life, property damage, and economic losses. The Conservation and preservation of North Florida’s barrier islands, marshes, tributaries, and waterways all contribute to making North Florida a special place to Live, Work, and Play.
What is something NFLT members, staff, and even other Board Members might be surprised to know about you?
Maybe I worked in the movie industry, providing Navy expertise to the movies Battleship and Captain Phillips. I also played the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Battleship.