Hathaway joined Habitat for Humanity in 1989 as director of US programs where he managed the organization’s expansion to all 50 states. He came to Asia in 1993, working to develop new Habitat operations in South Korea and New Zealand. From 1995 to 2002, he supported the development of Habitat organizations and programs in East and Southeast Asia. While working in Asia for many years Rick and his family have lived in Manila, Philippines; Seoul, Korea; Auckland, New Zealand; and Bangkok, Thailand.
Rick was project director for the Jimmy Carter Work Project, when Habitat’s premier annual volunteer annual event was held in the Philippines in 1999, and again, in 2001, when the event was held in South Korea. Rick subsequently served as an advisor when the event was held in South Africa, Mexico, India, and in the Mekong Rick graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1983 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Prior to joining Habitat he spent six years as a Design Engineer with the Aircraft Engine Business Group of General Electric Corporation. Rick holds two masters degrees: one in Urban and Environmental Management from Australia’s RMIT University in Melbourne, and another in Business Administration from Eastern University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Project Management Institute, USA. Hathaway is married with two children and currently resides in Bratislava, Slovakia