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Former Position in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget

Rick Puckett had an unknown position “at the office of the assistant secretary for policy, management and budget.” The Office of Policy, Management and Budget (PMB) “is situated within the Office of the Secretary and is responsible for a variety of cross-cutting management and operational issues that directly affect the Department’s ability to fulfill its mission. The Assistant Secretary-PMB leads the office and serves as the agency’s Chief Financial Officer, Chief Acquisition Officer, and Chief Performance Officer.” Puckett left Interior on March 31, 2017.

Rick Puckett appears to have significant corporate experience. He began his career at General Cable Corporation, “one of the largest wire and cable manufacturers in the world,” where he worked for 14 years. From 1989 to 1994, Puckett was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Misco North America, a “direct marketing electronic component distribution company.” From 1994 to 1997, he worked as Vice President of Finance for Dairy Enterprises Corporation, “a consumer products distribution company.”

Next, he worked at INFOUSA, a $300-million-annual-revenue “Nasdaq-listed information services company,” for a year. Then Puckett worked as CFO and CIO for Suntory Water Group, a “bottled water distribution company” that was “a subsidiary of Suntory Limited of Japan.” From 2003 to 2006, Puckett was the Executive Vice President of United Natural Foods Inc., the “largest wholesale distributor of natural and organic products throughout the USA and International markets.”

In 2006, Puckett joined Snyder’s-Lance where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Snyder’s-Lance “is a manufacturer and distributor of snack food products.” Puckett retired from this position in 2016, but remains a “consultant” to Snyder’s-Lance. Puckett also serves as an independent director of investment company WhiteHorse Finance, Inc.; an independent director of food processing, marketing and distribution company Diamond Foods, LLC; a director of “automotive franchise company” Driven Brands, Inc., and a director of the SPX Corporation, which produces infrastructure equipment that “primarily serves the power and energy markets” and manufactures “many well-known brands that serve the oil and gas industry.” Puckett also serves as Treasurer for the Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Sources: [Scott Streater, “Trump admin moves political team into place,” Energy & Environment, 01/23/07, “Office of Policy, Management, and Budget,” Department of the Interior, accessed 05/26/17, Department of the Interior, FOIA Response, 06/07/17, “Snyders-Lance Inc: Ricky D. Puckett,” Bloomberg, accessed 06/30/17, “About Us,” General Cable, accessed 06/30/17, and United Natural Foods, Inc. Form 8-K, Securities and Exchange Commission, 2002, “Whitehorse Finance, Inc.,” Whitehorse Finance, accessed 06/30/17, “Company Overview of Driven Brands,” Bloomberg, accessed 06/30/17, “Company Overview of Diamond Foods, LLC,” Bloomberg, accessed 06/30/17, and “SPX Corp,” Bloomberg, accessed 06/30/17; Trump Town Search for Rick Puckett, ProPublica, accessed 03/12/18]

Special Interests

SPX Corporation (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Puckett serves on the Board of Directors of the SPX Corporation, which produces infrastructure equipment that is used by the power and energy markets and manufactures products that serve the oil and gas industry.

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Rick Puckett currently serves on the Board of Directors for the SPX Corporation, which produces infrastructure equipment that “primarily serves the power and energy markets” and manufactures “many well-known brands that serve the oil and gas industry.”

Rick Puckett has held this position since 2015. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, SPX Corporation is a “global supplier of infrastructure equipment,” including detection and measurement products that “primarily serves the power and energy markets.” SPX “has many well-known brands that serve the oil and gas industry.”

[“Board of Directors,” SPX, accessed 06/30/17, “SPX Corp,” Bloomberg, accessed 06/30/17, and “SPX,” Energy, Oil and Gas, 10/13/13]

Financials

Department of the Interior salary: $161,900

[Ricky D. Puckett, ProPublica’s Trump Town, accessed 03/15/18]