PPS is excited to announce the newest addition to our team, [Rick Waters]!

Rick brings a valuable combination of military, entrepreneurial, and business leadership experience to PPS.

His background includes a distinguished, two-decade career as a Naval Aviator with the US Navy. Among his various professional and military accomplishments, he served as Director of Operations, Unmanned Aerial Systems for Naval Special Warfare, SEAL Team Five. In this role, he drove the vision and operational execution of the maiden employment of maritime UAS operations. This included managing $96 million in portfolio assets and providing strategic guidance to C-suite executives to finalize the decision to employ UAS products in two unique emerging markets.

In addition to PPS, Rick’s experience in the private sector includes spearheading the private equity acquisition activities of an established services company, including contract negotiations, financial review and stakeholder management that resulted in a 5.5x EBITDA multiple acquisition divestiture.   

When asked about his leadership style, Rick shared, “My philosophy is always to serve others before myself. My goal is to help individuals and teams optimize their full potential through strategic guidance, collaboration, and support.” When speaking with Rick, he also cited his ability to make high-pressure decisions with imperfect information as one of his leadership strengths.

In his new role at PPS, Rick will spearhead the development, coordination, and supervision of a diverse array of Clean Energy and Federal projects nationwide, guiding them from conception to fruition.

Additionally, during PPS’s 2-month rotation program, Rick will immerse himself in various aspects of the business, such as Business Development, Preconstruction, Contracting, Finance, Operations, and Business Strategy. With his broad background, we look forward to fostering an environment where both parties mutually learn and develop.

Rick completed a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of South Florida and earned his MBA in marketing and strategy from the University of Colorado.

His diverse and accomplished background, and commitment to service, complement PPS and our federal roots – we’re thrilled to have him on our team.