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Richard Joseph Polo, American engineering executive. Registered professional engineer, Maryland, Iowa, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York. Decorated Legion of Merit with bronze oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star, others; Federal Executive fellow Brookings Institution, 1983-1984.


Polo, Richard Joseph was born on October 14, 1936 in Barranquilla, Colombia. Son of Pedro Pastor and Clotilde (Verano) Polo.


Bachelor of Civil Engineering, New York University, 1957. Master of Science in Structural Engineering, Iowa State University, 1963. Doctor of Philosophy in Structural and Nuclear Engineering, Iowa State University, 1971.

Distinguished graduate, Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, 1970. Graduate, Inter-American Defense College, Fort McNair, Washington, 1977. Master of Business Administration, Marymount University, 1986.


Second in command Lieutenant, United States Army, 1957; advanced through grades to colonel, United States Army, 1979; various positions, United States Army, 1957-1979; assistant director civil works Pacific, United States Army Office Chief of Engineers, 1979-1980; corps engineer, engineer brigade commander, United States Army, Ludwigsburg, Federal Republic Germany, 1980-1983; deputy study director, United States Army Office Chief of Staff, Washington, 1984-1985; retired, United States Army, 1985; vice president construction inspection, Kidde Cons. Inc., Baltimore, 1985; senior vice president construction inspection, Kidde Cons. Inc., Baltimore, 1986; executive vice president, Kidde Cons.

Inc., Baltimore, 1986-1989; corporation secretary, Kidde Cons. Inc., Baltimore, 1988-1989; also board directors, Kidde Cons. Inc., Baltimore vice president Florida region, Center for Robust Speech Systems, Miami, 1989-1990; Chief Executive Officer, program director, Center for Robust Speech Systems/WRJ joint venture, 1989-1990; associate vice president, deputy division director federal programs, Greiner, Inc., Miami, 1991-1992; director engineering & project operations, CKC (OSC), Miami, 1993-1994; director L.Am. operations, director engineering development, GeoSyntec Cons., Boca Raton, 1994-1996; director Miami operations, International Coach Federation Kaiser Engineers, Inc., 1997-1998; group vice president, International Coach Federation Kaiser Engineers, Inc., 1997-1998; manager Florida operations, Stone & Webster Engineering, Inc., since 1998; president, Amerint, Miami, since 1994; president, American Enterprises International, Inc. president, Polo Mortgage-Plus, Miami, since 1993.

Board directors KCI Holdings, 1988-1990.


  • Registered professional engineer, Maryland, Iowa, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles on military and structural engineering to professional journals Inventor arcuate space frame.


Community Commander and senior United States representative Ludwigsburg Military Community, 1980-1983. Fellow Society of America Military Engineers (board directors El Paso chapter 1967-1968, president Stutttgart chapter 1980-1982). Member American Society of Civil Engineers (life), National Society of Professional Engineers (life), Virginia Society Professional Engineers (director northern Virginia chapter 1985-1989, president elect 1988-1989), Association United States Army (president Ludwigsburg chapter 1980-1983), Florida Engineering Society, Retired Officers Association (life), Army-Navy Club Coral Gables (director 1994-1998, secretary 1995-1996, vice president 1996-1997, president 1997-1998), Greater Miami Chamber of C. (trustee 1989-1992, 97-2000), Country Club Coral Gables (director 1997-2000, secretary 1997-1998, vice president 1999-2000), Rotary, Elks, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, Tau Beta Pi, Chi Epsilon, Psi Upsilon (president Delta chapter 1956-1957).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: model airplanes, racquetball.


Married Ana Isabel Cepeda, February 1, 1958 (divorced November 2004). Children: Richard J. Junior, James Alan.

Pedro Pastor Polo

Clotilde (Verano) Polo

Ana Isabel Cepeda

James Alan Polo

Richard J. Junior Polo