On October 4, 2019, EcoLogix Group, Inc. celebrated Rick Sheckells’ 15th anniversary with the firm! Rick came on board in 2004 as principal, and in 2009 became our managing principal. We are grateful for his leadership, his ability to find the best talent for our firm, and that he always ensures we have the tools we need to provide the best service for our clients.
Rick Sheckells joined EcoLogix Group after 30 years in state and local government, much of it in the transportation sector specializing in environmental policy issues with special interest in air and water quality. Known for his ability to manage large scale projects, Rick is an accomplished problem solver who thrives on efficiency and building consensus among stakeholders.
Rick’s ability to get things done was detected early in his career as a member of the Mayor of Baltimore’s “Trouble Shooting Team.” Today, Rick is effectively still leading trouble shooting teams, but now for EcoLogix Group’s clients, where he provides creative solutions for a wide range of challenges and opportunities.
Appointed by the Governor, Rick was Maryland’s first director of statewide conservation programs. Later, he managed the transportation components of Maryland’s Smart Growth initiative at the Maryland Department of Transportation. As director of planning and environment for the Maryland Port Administration, he oversaw strategic business planning, quality cargo handling initiatives, dredging and harbor development, environmental initiatives, partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and advised on legislative issues for the Port of Baltimore.
Rick’s public sector accomplishments include representing transportation interests for the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the District of Columbia during the crafting of a multi-jurisdictional agreement setting environmental policy goals for Chesapeake Bay. He led the establishment of Maryland State Government’s Telework initiative.
Rick was a founding member of Clean Air Partners, a regional organization promoting voluntary actions to reduce ground level ozone in the Baltimore-Washington region. He served on the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee, the U.S. Task Force on Transportation and Air Quality, the Air Quality Committee of the Northeast Association of State Transportation Officials, and the Chesapeake regional task force dealing with invasive aquatic species in ballast water. He is a member of the Environmental Committee and the Harbors and Navigation Committee of the American Association of Port Authorities.
Rick earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Towson University and served in the Maryland National Guard.
He enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, saltwater sportfishing, and exploring the tidal marshes behind North Carolina’s Topsail Island.