Who We Are

Rick Harris, Director of Communications

Rick has learned to expect the unexpected--even fulfillment of personal dreams--over the course of his career directing the corporate communications of a leading Fortune 500 transportation company and reporting, writing, and editing for three newspapers.

Over four-plus decades as a successful communications and public relations professional, Rick has honed his expertise in media relations, employee communications, corporate responsibility, and environmental stewardship. His skill set includes writing and editing, everything from executive speeches to annual reports and sustainability reports. His extensive transportation industry background and training qualify him in crisis communications preparation and response planning, including readiness to serve in a Joint Information Center role under the auspices of the National Incident Management System.

Given his history in print journalism, Rick is hopelessly devoted to the defense of The Associated Press Stylebook. While not a practitioner of the Oxford comma, he has been known to bend to the whims of a CEO, demonstrating appropriate wisdom and flexibility when his future depends on it.

When not pursuing serious matters of communication, Rick relishes the outdoors. He has hiked to the floor of the Grand Canyon and back up to the rim. He also hoofed it down Crete's Samaria Gorge, one of Europe's longest, and explored the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park and the volcanic Mt. Haleakala, Maui's highest peak. Rick is an avid reader and enjoys music. He sang tenor for the Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus for 12 years. On a magical New Year's Eve, he took up the baton and "conducted" the symphony for a few bars, fulfilling a personal fantasy when least expected.  Rick still believes in dreams.