With almost thirty years of experience in the energy arena, Rick serves as Senior Vice President and on the Board of Directors for Jiangnan Environmental Protection Group Inc. (JNG). Prior to joining JNG, Rick was a Senior Advisor with the Department of State. Rick advised senior principals, including the Secretary, on the nexus of energy with U.S. national security and international energy policy priorities. His focus was on energy affairs and their effect on U.S. business interests including governance, access to energy, increasing access to conventional energy resources, and use of alternative and renewables technologies. During his nearly twenty-year tenure with ExxonMobil, Rick held a variety of positions in ExxonMobil’s upstream and downstream business which culminated as an executive for new business development for a staff group that reported directly to the Chairman & CEO. Prior to that, he lived overseas, in the Middle East and Australia, and held multiple senior level positions, including Senior Commercial Manager and Project Lead for the Gorgon Project. Rick also served as Business Unit Manager, Support & Controls Manager, Operations Manager and Engineering Supervisor. These assignments provided both managerial and leadership experience including P/L responsibility, staff development and managerial oversight. Rick's early assignments were primarily engineering related with construction, maintenance and environmental emphasis. A native of Winchester, Kentucky, Westerdale received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1991. Rick is a US Army veteran, honorably discharged, and served during the first Gulf War. He was awarded the honorary title of "Kentucky Colonel" for service to his state and community that same year. Rick earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Averett College in 1994. He is also a registered Professional Engineer.