Richard Miles co-founded the Cade Museum and has been Vice President of the Board of Directors since September 2010. He oversees the annual Cade Museum Prize for inventors and early stage entrepreneurs which happens every year during March Madness and features entrants nominated from colleges and universities across the state of Florida. The competition proceeds to semi-finals in Gainesville, FL each year and culminates with the recognition of the Final Four finalists and the winner walking away with a $50K prize during the informative and engaging public final pitches to the audience followed by the awards ceremony.
A career Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State from 1993-2009, he served in various jobs domestically and overseas. His assignments included a Provincial Reconstruction Team in Iraq, the staff of the National Security Council (NSC) at the White House, and postings in Argentina, Germany, and Barbados. Before entering the Foreign Service, Richard was an intelligence officer in the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment (ACR) stationed in Nuremberg, Germany from 1988-1991. With the 2nd ACR, he also participated in Operation Desert Shield in Saudi Arabia and in combat operations in Kuwait and Iraq during Operation Desert Storm. Miles received a B.A. in Russian Studies from the University of Washington in 1987, and an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1993. He is fluent in Spanish and German.