Our Team

Ocean Exchange Team

Rick Claar

Partner, The Martec Group, Inc.

Richard E. Claar is a Partner of The Martec Group, Inc., a global technical marketing research consulting firm.

Based in Detroit, Mr. Claar leads the firm’s specialty chemical/materials practice, which serves leading manufacturers and suppliers on a global basis.

Mr. Claar has more than 35 years’ experience in marketing research and consulting with a focus on technology forecasting, product development, market analysis, customer benchmarking and mergers & acquisitions. Mr. Claar is highly experienced in many specialty chemical segments including Coatings, water treatment, food ingredients/ additives, adhesives and sealants, electronic chemicals, specialty additives, metals, composites and other advanced materials.

Mr. Claar is also active within the Private Equity sector conducting commercial due diligence work as part of an acquisition process or helping portfolio companies with their strategic planning and growth exercises.

Contact Us

Ocean Exchange invites you to learn more about Awards Program, our ecosystem and success of our award winners and participants. Together, we can chart a powerful course to help ensure the future of our oceans and the Blue Economy.

“Ocean Exchange has a platform to enable people with information that they need to know about the ocean and then to showcase new technologies that are on the forefront of really helping the ocean and the planet.”

“The quality of the content and the people who are involved with Ocean Exchange is all high end.”

“Besides funding, Ocean Exchange provides access to a wide area network of incredibly talented people in organizations that really do just want to help people.”

“Ocean Exchange is really about helping the little guys grow and in so doing, helping the big guys be better ocean citizens.”

“Ocean Exchange seems to be much more focused on bringing to light under-capitalized, wonderful new technology ideas. And it’s all about two-way access to this new technology and to the people who can help with the experience to grow that technology.”

“Ocean Exchange is a force multiplier to enable sustainable innovation.”

“Ocean Exchange is a global, novel innovation forum that has a greater ability to attract a broader range of impactful stakeholders than any other event that’s out there.”

“Unquestionably, one of Ocean Exchange’s primary strengths is how it brings together people from different paths. That makes its event a delegator experience as well as experience for an innovator or awards nominee.”

“Ocean Exchange is entirely different from any of the other organizations that I’m involved in. It is about sustainable innovation. I think it’s also very different in the extremely broad range of stakeholders that it involves.”

“There’s nothing better than going to an event or engaging with people so you walk away and say, ‘Wow!’”