Mr. Edwards serves as the Vice President of Event Services for The World Games 2022 and brings more than a decade operational management experience to The World Games 2022. Rick joins The World Games 2022 Executive Team as a loaned executive from Altec Industries. Rick most recently served as the Plant Manager for Altec’s Birmingham Manufacturing facility where he oversaw the planning and execution of all production operations. Prior to this role Rick managed Quality and EHS programs within Altec Industries.
Rick’s career in operational management started during his military service. Rick is a combat Veteran of the United States Army. Rick served in the 3rd Infantry Division, 2nd Battalion, 69 Armor Regiment Operations Department. Later, as a Non-Commissioned Officer, Rick supported Conventional and Special Operations forces in mission planning and execution. Rick received an honorable discharge after his service from 2001 to 2006 and 3 deployments to combat theaters. Transitioning out of the military Rick began his career in manufacturing and assembly operations where he worked for Tier 2 automotive suppliers.
Rick is a graduate from Jacksonville State University obtaining degrees in Industrial Management and Occupational Health & Safety. He received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham receiving certifications in finance.
Edwards supports many community efforts. Currently, he serves on the Engineering Alumni Council for Jacksonville State University offering recommendations on curriculum and strategy. Rick is also engaged in the City of Birmingham’s V.I.T.A.L. program, and an advocate for Alabama Veteran.
Rick and his wife Autumn are the proud parents of four energetic and wonderful boys.