As Chief Growth Officer, Rick Tye oversees the company’s business development, capture, proposals, strategy, government and corporate relations efforts. Prior to joining Constellis, Rick was the senior vice president of business and proposal development for Centerra, which is now a Constellis company.
Rick brings 25 years of experience in federal, state, city and special district leadership positions, and 19 years in commercial/contract development which resulted in his companies being awarded over a $3 billion dollars in new business contracts. In 2018, Constellis won a record $1.5b in new business, adding $2.2b in total backlog.
Prior to serving in business development roles, Rick was vice president and general manager of WSI Iraq Operations, where he designed, implemented and led the largest contingency operation of firefighters in U.S. government history. At its height, the program generated annual revenue over $100M. Prior to joining the company, Rick was a Fire Chief, Texas Fire Training Director and the director of the Emergency Services Training Institute, the largest trainer of first responders in the nation. There he was responsible for generating $40 million dollars in new business contracts annually to fund operations, and developed programs nationally and internationally to support the training of over 69,000 professionals each year. He is a founding member of the National Domestic Preparedness Institute and Texas Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue team. Rick also served as the director of federal and international programs at Texas A&M University, responsible for business development for the Texas Engineering Extension System.
Rick earned his master’s degree in leadership from Pepperdine University, his bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Edwards University, his A.A.S. in fire science from the Community College of the Air Force and completed his doctoral coursework in marketing with North Central University. He holds the Chief Fire Officer Designation and is nationally certified in 22 areas. In 2008, Rick was awarded the International Association of Fire Chief’s Safety Excellent Award for his work in Iraq.