FIRST – 2017 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year

OMNI Technologies’ Rick Smith was recognized as the 2017 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year at FIRST Chesapeake District’s Championship Event, a robotics competition. FIRST Chesapeake uses robotics to bring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)-based programs and competitions to young people in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

For many years, Rick has dedicated himself to volunteering with FIRST Robotics Competition. His tireless efforts are primarily focused on mentoring young people and training volunteers. His service has solidified the foundation and future success of the FIRST Chesapeake District. As the district’s Senior Lead Robot Inspector, Rick initiated recruitment and retention efforts to secure multiple technically skilled volunteers whose involvement is paramount in getting robots safely and successfully on the field. Not only is Rick an asset to OMNI Technologies, he is also a pillar in the STEM community as a mentor and trainer.