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Board Spotlight: Chuck Ritter

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We’re thrilled to welcome Chuck Ritter to the NatureBridge family. Chuck joined the Olympic Board in January 2019 and we recently sat down with him to learn more about him and his connection to nature.

When I think about the intersection of the mission of NatureBridge and the current state of our world climate, it’s critical that we not only take immediate actions in this decade before us, but instill a sense of urgency and priority among our younger generation to do a far better job of loving our planet.
Chuck Ritter

Tell us about your professional career.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a Regent on the South Dakota State Board of Regents. As a governor-appointed board member, it was fulfilling to give back to the state that had invested in my education and to provide stewardship in a field I feel so strongly about.  

My experience co-founding a startup, learning through mistakes, working with extraordinary people and having good fortune along the way made me a better leader and person. Most rewarding was contributing to the construction of a company that has been able to give so much professional opportunity to a great group of people.

After 22+ years of consulting, I’m exploring my next opportunity. I served as President of Point B for four years, a Fortune magazine #1 best place to work, and I’m excited to find the next leadership opportunity which allows me to lead with heart, develop great leaders and grow a company beyond the future they see for themselves.
 

Why is serving on the NatureBridge board important to you?

When I think about the intersection of the mission of NatureBridge—essentially to connect young people to our natural world and build stewards of our planet—and the current state of our world climate, it’s critical that we not only take immediate actions in this decade before us as human beings, but instill a sense of urgency and priority among our younger generation to do a far better job of loving our planet than we did.

Do you have a story of one of your favorite experiences in nature or a national park?

I remember making an overnight trip through Rocky Mountain National Park when I was just out of college and in the darkness of the night, we found ourselves surrounded by a herd of deer that had just stopped about us. It was a 15–20 minute journey for us to navigate safely, but it was an incredibly peaceful and, oddly enough, quiet experience that really spoke to the wonder of nature.

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