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With Orcas Island roots tracing back almost 80 years, Council member Rick Hughes’ entire life has revolved around San Juan County.
Prior to moving full time to Orcas, Rick was an executive with ESPN.com and one of the first online advertising sales executives with clients ranging from Adidas, Nike, Microsoft and Electronic Arts.
He is a National Outdoor Leadership School graduate and former national board member of Outward Bound Wilderness; combining his passion for youth education in wilderness environments, farm to table sustainability and local produce for local schools.
Rick’s executive background coupled with his duties as President of Ray's General Store and Pharmacy and Con’s Pit Stop, highlights Rick’s ability to lead the county with both strategic vision and tactical hands-on experience.
He helped develop the San Juan Country Drug Take-Back Program, runs a property management group and volunteers his time having served on the Orcas Island Farmers Market Association, San Juan County Ag Guild, Eastsound Water Users Association, Little League Baseball and basketball coach, Orcas Island Parent Teacher/Student Association (PTSA) Co-President and as a Board Member of the Eastsound Planning and Review Committee. In addition, he currently serves as the Vice President of the Opportunity Council, Washington State Association of Counties Legislative Steering Committee, Safe San Juan Board, Northwest Regional Council, SJC Ferry Advisory Board, Orcas Island Cold Weather Shelter volunteer and many other advisory roles...
With more than 30 years of business experience working with national companies, state agencies to thirteen years of operational experience running Ray’s Pharmacy, Rick felt it was time to get involved and give back to the community.