President & COO
Rick Powers serves as Athos’ President, joining the company in 2016 after careers as a corporate security director; Special Agent and senior executive in the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and city police officer and investigator. He is also a former prosecutor and civil litigation attorney, and is a member of the Florida Bar. At Athos, Rick oversees the company’s strategic development and operational excellence efforts, as well as serving as a principal for its Security Management Support practice.
Prior to joining Athos, Rick was Director of Security for the Williams Companies, a Fortune 500 energy infrastructure company. Previously to that, he served as Vice President of Security – Americas for Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation. In that role he oversaw Oxy’s security operations in the US, Canada and South America.
He began his law enforcement career as a police officer in the Chicago area, working patrol and assignments with a multi-agency state narcotics task force. After graduating from law school at Florida State University, Rick served as an Assistant State’s Attorney prosecuting criminal cases in the Orlando area. He later joined a private law firm, primarily representing civil litigation clients in federal and state courts.
Rick entered the FBI as a Special Agent, and after initial field assignments combatting drug-related corruption and violent crime, was promoted to FBI headquarters to supervise international anti-criminal enterprise programs based in Mexico, Colombia and Thailand. He was also an FBI hostage/crisis negotiator, and received advanced training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia and at New Scotland Yard, England. In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, Rick was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge in Houston, Texas, overseeing regional counterterrorism and counterintelligence operations.
Based on his successes, Rick was again promoted to the FBI’s Senior Executive Service, and held several senior leadership roles in both the field and at FBI Headquarters in Washington DC; as an Inspector, leading sensitive investigations and agency operations performance and compliance evaluations; Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Denver and Houston Field Offices, responsible for all regional FBI operations; and as an FBI Assistant Director, heading the agency’s Office of Congressional Affairs and Government Relations in Washington DC. He is a recipient of the FBI Director’s Award for Distinguished Service to the Law Enforcement Community.
Rick is active in community and non-profit service, and serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston-Downtown College of Business and College of Public Service, teaching Criminal Law, Criminal Investigations, and in the university’s Master of Security Management program.
He is an avid sailor and traveler, and is a passionate reader and writer. He and his wife, a former university administrator, have three children.