Member of FPT Advisory Board
A merit graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Rick Lottie served on active duty as a Marine Corps infantry officer from 1969 to 1974. Subsequently joining EDS, he remained largely in the information technology services sector until his retirement from the corporate world in 2003. His time in business included 21 years at EDS, plus a number of years each at Perot Systems, MCI Systemhouse (acquired by EDS in 1999) and AMS. He also served as a customer partner with the software firm Trilogy, where he was responsible for Trilogy’s accounts at IBM and EMC.
Originally a systems engineer, he progressed through management, sales, and various executive positions, including a group executive role at MCI Systemhouse, in which he was responsible for all outsourcing accounts and centers, outsourcing sales, and technical delivery services, encompassing a $1 billion P&L and 4,200 employees in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Additionally, at AMS, he served as an executive vice president and an officer of the then publicly held company. While at EDS, he was recognized as the credit union division’s salesman of the year for three consecutive years, selling a three-year contract to the largest credit union to date and exceeding quota by at least a factor of three every year. Additionally, at EDS, he established a commercial outsourcing sales organization, winning large integration and outsourcing contracts with such firms as Caterpillar, Snyder General, and Northwest Airlines.
At MCI Systemhouse, he was instrumental in establishing the U.S. systems integration and outsourcing business, selling, negotiating and managing multi-hundred million dollar contracts with large, multinational corporations, including FMC Corporation, Moore and Apple Computer. Internally, he led the rationalization and standardization of a multi-platform environment, consolidating hardware and software to form a more efficient, cost-effective delivery infrastructure.
Rick remains active in business, having provided the funding for a private corporation, which licensed a consumer product to Wilton Corporation, for potential worldwide distribution. Additionally, he provided essential guidance for an imaging software and hardware firm specializing in DOD contracts as well as a Homeland Security grant with the University of Kentucky, and currently serves on the advisory board of a privately funded software company. He is also an early investor in Lee Antimicrobial Solutions, which invented and produces a dilute hydrogen peroxide gas-generation device that kills all types of microbes and shows great promise in solving some of the more persistent infectious problems, such as hospital MRSA.
Philanthropically, Rick served six years as a board member with the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, where he and his wife, Vickie, endowed a perpetual scholarship in honor of his Marine Corps Basic School class. He has also served on the Dallas-Fort Worth fund raising committee for the Fisher House Foundation, and was on the finance advisory committee of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Additionally, he is past chairman of the board of the Marine Corps War Memorial Foundation, a board member of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, a past local trustee for the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, a lifetime member of the First Marine Division Association, a benefactor member of the Marines’ Memorial Association, and a founding member of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association President’s Circle.
Rick and his wife Vickie reside in Austin, Texas, and are the parents of two adult children.