About Us

Our Story

As life-long ocean sailors and accomplished entrepreneurs Rick Warner and David Norton have come together to form The Coral Project.

On a mission to help save coral reefs around the world – it is truly a race against time.  With 90% of coral expected to die by 2050, the time to act is now. Coral is crucial for a healthy ocean and David & Rick have committed to educating and actually making a difference for the future.

They have assembled a strong crew and are ready to win the race against time - to save coral.

Rick Warner
Rick Warner

Co-Founder | Rick Warner is the founder of Coastal II and veteran innovator of profitable, efficient, and resilient businesses, drawing on extensive knowledge from multiple industries and leadership roles...

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David Norton
David Norton

Co-Founder | Born and raised in Barrington, Rhode Island - David Norton was introduced to the sport of sailing before he could walk.

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Ted Lavoie
Ted Lavoie

Business Manager | 
Ted Lavoie, Manager brings over 30 years of financial, capital, infrastructure and strategic partnership formation experience. Contract negotiation expertise (CFO, CEO, Treasure) Public company governance skills (Director, Audit Committee Chair) an over eight years working with not-for-profit large 501(c) entities (The Salvation Army, Finance Committee Chair and Treasurer).

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Aaron Utterback
Aaron Utterback

Digital Marketing Manager | Aaron Utterback is the founder of Charleston, SC-based boutique digital media company Akkala, LLC.

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Dr. David Vaughan
Dr. David Vaughan

Advising Fellow | Dr. David Vaughan has held positions in aquaculture research and development for over 30 years...

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