Richard Hyman’s career has been in US and international telecommunications, technology, software, and Internet businesses. As an executive he has driven growth via sales, marketing, product development, strategic investments, acquisitions, joint ventures, and alliances.
Richard has held executive leadership roles within top global corporations, including GE Capital, Xerox, and GTE. He co-founded an incubator fund, Q6 Technologies, that seeded three Web-based businesses. His company Venture Development LLC started several other businesses, including Epitstat Inc., a biotech company, which he sold to Genzyme Corp.; and Remote Management Systems Inc., which managed water quality via exclusive distribution of technology from Siemens Environmental Systems.
Richard is a professional SCUBA diver and certified Aquanaut. He served Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau aboard the famous Research Vessel Calypso as underwater photographer and navigator, which he documented in his book FROGMEN. He enjoys speaking publicly about his adventures and has done so at many venues, including the Explorers Club, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Richard has several other books in the works.
Cousteau’s relationship with NASA enabled Richard to intern for Russell Schweickart at the DC headquarters. “Rusty” was the Apollo 9 Lunar Module Pilot and backup commander of Skylab. Richard presented his study regarding inter-agency technology transfer to NASA executives, including Dr. George Low, the deputy administrator.
Richard is passionate about our natural world, particularly water, the ocean, and the creatures within. He continues to seek ways to make more of a positive impact. Today Richard volunteers his time mentoring students interested in marine biology, and he moderates an online international consortium of 10,000 marine biologists. He has presented to the Water Innovations Alliance Foundation and is a member of Writers For The Sea. He has also been inducted into the Marine Biology Hall of Fame.
Richard holds a BA in Economics and Business Administration from Furman University. He completed studies in environmental engineering, environmental science, nonfiction writing, and marketing at Yale, Georgetown, and Fairfield universities.