John Robert Lombard was hired as Diving Superintendent in June 2019 to lead the establishment of RUSH Marine’s Commercial Diving Division. A highly skilled and experienced diver, Lombard is responsible for all aspects of the diving program. After establishing all of RUSH’s diving protocols and putting them into effect, it is his responsibility to ensure that all RUSH Marine diving operations are conducted to the standards established and to maintain equipment and personnel compliance.
John chose to come to work for RUSH because it offered him the opportunity to work closer to home and be more involved in family life. “After many years working on the road, I grew tired of never seeing my wife and having my children grow up without me around,” says Lombard. “Additionally, RUSH has provided me with the opportunity to create my own diving division with a fantastic growth potential for the company and my own career.”
Born in California, John grew up as a military dependent traveling around the US, Europe, and the Middle East. He attended college at Texas A&M at Galveston, studying marine biology. Upon completion of dive school in Houston, Lombard and his wife moved to Tampa, Florida, where John began working as a diver. After decades he had hit the skill ceiling as a diver and welcomed the opportunity to have a chance to build something entirely new with RUSH Marine.
John has four children, a daughter and three sons, and enjoys spear fishing, kite boarding and skateboarding. He’s a huge fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and loves to watch these films with his kids.
John’s favorite quote: “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway