Ricaurte A. "Ricky" Arrocha, of Panama City, Panama, is now serving his first three-year term on the Shriners Hospitals for Children Board of Trustees. He was elected during the Shriners 2021 Imperial Session held July 4 – 8 in Houston, Texas.
Arrocha is the first member of the Board of Trustees elected to serve a three-year term to represent a Latin American temple.
Fraternities and Philanthropy
- EA, Rosa de America Lodge #1, Panama, 2005
- FC/MM, Rosa de America Lodge #1, Panama, 2006
- Member, Knights Templar, York Rite of Panama, 2006
- Abou Saad Shriners, 2006
- Worshipful Master, Rosa de America #1, 2013–2015
- Member, Masonic Order of Athelstan – Potomac Court #107, 2015
- 33rd Degree, Supremo Consejo Nacional de Panama (Scottish Rite), Inspector General Honorary, 2015
- Member, Panama Priory – KYCH, 2015
- Potentate, Abou Saad Shriners, 2017
- Honorary member, Grand Lodge of Paraguay, 2017
- Member, Board of Governors, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Mexico City, 2018
- President, IT Committee, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Mexico City, 2019-2020
- Advisor, Order of DeMolay – Caballeros del Istmo (Panama), 2020
- Sovereign, Red Cross of Constantine, San Lorenzo Conclave, 2020
- Eminent Prior, Panama Priory, 2020
- First elected President, Latin American Shrine Association, 2020
- Recipient of Imperial Potentate's Medallion, 2020
- Chairman, Order of DeMolay – Caballeros del Istmo (Panama), 2021
- Vice-Chairman, Board of Governors, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Mexico City, 2021
Professional and Personal
Since 2016, Arrocha has been an ecommerce entrepreneur and an affiliate consultant for CT Strategies in Washington, D.C., providing advice on national security, securing supply chain, risk assessment for cargo targeting and implementation of new, non-intrusive inspection technologies for clients.
From 1996 to 2003, he was operations manager and owner of Information Highway, an internet service provider. Arrocha was a contractor for two international programs for the United States National Nuclear Security Administration, directed at securing radioactive sources, from 2003 to 2012. For two years, he also was director for inspection for surveillance and control at Aquatic Resources Authority of Panama. From 2009 to 2014, Arrocha was Deputy Director General at National Customs Authority of Panama, Director Containers Technical Inspection Unit, Liaison for UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) and WCO (World Customs Organization) for the Container Control Program and worked closely with several security agencies within the United States Embassy in Panama.
Arrocha has been married to his supportive wife, Gloria, for 22 years. The couple have two children, Rachelle Sofia, 21, and Ricaurte Antonio Jr., 18.