Ron graduated from the University of Michigan when Bo Schlembechler was still coaching football there. While at school he programmed computer graphics on an IBM-360. It was the size of a house and used punch cards as input! He taught high school physics and coached men's and women's varsity soccer.
He worked for Chrysler and once appeared in a commercial with Lee Iacocca. He worked on a project that created the first computer image of a new Chrysler design, the Chrysler Le Baron. He designed, developed, and internationally marketed design automation software, targeted to the automotive product development market. He did this at Control Data Corporation, ICEM Technologies, and Parametric Technology (PTC). These products were integrated with a sister product, EDL, that was one of the first Management Information Systems (MIS). It was Information Technology before the Internet! He used the Internet for business on a daily basis before there was a Netscape or Internet Explorer.
As Director of Strategic Marketing, he was responsible for expanding markets into new geographic and industrial segments, as well as handling special issues with key clients. He worked for companies that earned more than a $1 billion a year, and he worked for companies that lost more than a $1 billion a year. He supervised a work group of four at Chrysler Corporation, managed a department of 12 at Control Data Corporation, and directed an international, virtual team at ICEM Technologies and PTC.
He taught a Process and Technology Seminar at the Management Center, University of St. Thomas. He has been an adjunct professor at the Carlson School of Management and has been teaching at the Minnesota School of Business for the past five years, serving as the chair of the Business and Accounting programs. He has a Master's in International Management from the University of St. Thomas.