Nick Belaevski is the RichFaces dev lead in Minsk and has officially joined the JSF 2.0 Expert Group (JSR-314) along with Alex Smirnov to represent RichFaces and Exadel. As many of you know Dan Allen and Pete Muir are also on the JSF 2.0 Expert Group representing Red Hat & JBoss. Together these 4 people along with the rest of the EG will continue to help advance JSF as a standard and a technology.
Anyone who has worked with RichFaces at all is likely familiar with Nick (usually known as nbelaevski), either in the forums, Jira, or SVN. He has been an invaluable member of the RichFaces project for years, and brings a great level of insight into the EG.
Again, congratulations Nick!!