As a shark diver, Theiss also provided safety services for Diana Nyad on her 103-mile attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida in 2011. He personally dove in the water and served to protect Nyad from sharks. He also works with Patric Douglas and Luke Tipple at Shark Diver.
Theiss spent over 12 years in the television commercial and motion picture field providing video services for a diverse roster of major clients including Paramount, Castle Rock, and Orion Pictures. He worked on national commercials ranging from McDonald's, Pepsi, and Coors to Disney Studios, Nissan, and Wesson Oil.
Theiss has delivered footage for National Geographic's Wild Chronicles on global warming, PBS, Discovery Communications, Animal Planet, the History Channel's Modern Marvels, and more. His work has been published by HD VideoPro, Lifestyle International, and Discover Diving magazines; PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), Divers Alert Network, Playboy.com, and The Seattle Aquarium.
He has also filmed projects for the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, in addition to nationally recognized research organizations, aquariums, and zoos. A professional diver for over 25 years, Theiss has worked as a safety diver for television and motion pictures including Orion Pictures Navy SEALs. He is a certified scuba instructor, lecturer, consultant on ecotourism for Sharkdivers.com, contributes to the RTSea nature blog, and is a national member of the prestigious Explorers Club.
"Richard is a rare individual that excels in strategy, tactics and creative. He has had such an extensive background that whatever we have needed in regards to marketing, he has been able to pull it off at an extremely high level of expertise and competence." Dennis Hastings - President/CEO, iDirect Marketing
"Richard has a unique skill set that combines creativity with business strategy and excellent tactical execution. I personally recruited him due to his talent, business acumen and strong work ethic." Cathy Dominguez - VP Marketing, Kinecta Federal Credit Union
RTSea Productions and/or Theiss have worked with the following organizations and corporations.
Marine & Environmental Conservation: Aquarium of the Pacific, Guadalupe Fund.org, Shark Diver, InMER.org
Electronics & Manfacturing: U.S. Traffic Corporation, Myers Power Products, Display Solutions
Media & Agencies: iDirect Marketing, National Geographic, PBS.org
Financial Services: Kinecta Federal Credit Union, ResMAE Mortgage Corporation, Long Beach Mortgage Corporation, Spectrum Direct Insurance, Homeowner's Friend.com, Downey Savings & Loan, Southern Pacific Funding, SecondaryMarkets.com, Countrywide Home Loans
Television Production Services
Over the years, RTSea Productions and/or Theiss has provided production services for television commercials for a broad range of companies, agencies, and products, including Acura, Albertsons, BBDO-Los Angeles, Buick, Campbell-Ewald, Canon, Coors, Disneyland, Dodge, Dryers Ice Cream, Farmer John, Foote, Cone & Belding, Ford, Gatorade, GMC, Honda, Kraft Foods, Levi Straus, Mazda, McCann-Erickson, Inc., McDonalds, Pepsi, Target, United Airlines
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