Rick Claggett is the Owner, Publisher and Editor of Watermark, Central Florida and Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ news source. Rick began his career with Watermark in 2002 as the administrative assistant, working his way up the ranks to eventually purchase the newspaper business in 2016.

Rick has been greatly involved in the Central Florida community throughout his time at Watermark. He is a previous board member of the Metropolitan Business Association, an inaugural board member to Come Out With Pride, current board member of the Orlando Youth Alliance and part of the formation committee for the One Orlando Alliance. Rick was recently elected to his second term to represent the coalition members on the board of the One Orlando Alliance.

In addition, Rick has formed Watermark Film Company which aims to record the rich history of Central Florida’s LGBTQ community in a feature length documentary.

Rick’s passion for the Central Florida LGBTQ community runs deep, and when not working you can find him enjoying the local theater scene, relaxing with his dogs or playing softball.