Building a Tradition of Service
"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark."
Nnangasuobo "Suobo" Richards is a highly decorated Air Force Veteran with a degree in Engineering Chemistry from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. His Air Force career highlights include service in South Carolina, Texas, and Saudi Arabia. He received an honorable discharge in 2008. His corporate experience includes positions of increasing responsibility at Merck Pharmaceuticals, United Technologies Corporation, Club Car, and National Grid.
In his current endeavor, he is the COO & Vice President of the veteran founded non-profit, Service After Service in Shelton, CT. The mission is “serving our communities after serving our country”. Suobo empowers veterans to rediscover a new sense of purpose after service by getting back out into their communities and serving again through various ways to include fiscal sponsorship. The focus areas are education, community, and health & wealth.
In 2017, Suobo raised over $1300 for a young lady (in CT) with cancer to help offset her treatment expenses. This effort was the beginning of a major effort in Connecticut that culminated with him co-founding, Service After Service. In 2018, through his direct efforts, Suobo was able to raise over $60K for the nonprofit to support programs within the community, such as the Track Program at the Lower Naugatuck Valley Boys and Girls Club, 10K Hours Math & Reading Program, STEM programs, Financial Literacy Programs, and so much more. Aside from his accomplishments with his nonprofit, he has also managed to use his certification as a Six Sigma Black Belt to produce and direct corporate training videos for United Technology Corporation, Pratt & Whitney.
Suobo Richards was approached by the Director at the Lower Naugatuck Valley Boys and Girls Club in Ansonia to sit on the Advisory Board in early 2017 and has not looked back. Since then he was asked by prominent community members to moderate a community conversation with the Ansonia Board of Education on diversity and equity in our schools. This is an ongoing effort. He is also a founding member of the Connecticut Fairfield and New Haven Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers. His awards include the 2017 Connecticut Veterans Wartime Service Medal, National Defense Ribbon, US Air Force Honor Graduate Award, US Air Force Airman of the Year, Chairman's Award for Manufacturing Excellence, Merck's President's Award for Quality and Delivery, and Westfair Communications Inc's Top 40 Under 40 recognition, to name a few.
Suobo Richards lives in Connecticut with his wife. They have three children.