Managing Director, Chicago
In a competitive global marketplace, Ron helps businesses gain by doing good. A G&S veteran, Ron leads the agency’s Chicago office with responsibilities for employee development, operations and business growth. He also heads the sustainability consulting team, collaborating with global Fortune 1000 companies and green business start-ups on strategic, integrated programs that add value to sustainability efforts and promote clean technologies. Ron moderates many of the firm’s thought leadership events, which have welcomed speakers from Businessweek, Burt’s Bees, Chicago Tribune, Cummins, Nestlé Waters North America, The Economist, Time Magazine, The Sustainability Consortium, The World Food Prize Foundation, U.S. Green Building Council, U.N. Global Compact, and more. He oversees publication of the annual G&S Sense & Sustainability® Study, which gauges public perceptions of the corporate commitment to environmental and social responsibility. Ron graduated with a B.S. in journalism and mass communications from Iowa State University, received a Master’s certificate in managing the sustainable enterprise from the Illinois Institute of Technology Stuart School of Business and also completed the certified GRI sustainability reporting curriculum. In addition to his professional work, Ron serves as an advisor in the iMentor program, where he counsels disadvantaged high school students to help them prepare for college. Previously, he was adjunct professor at Kendall College in Chicago, teaching research, analytics, metrics and reporting for sustainability. Ron hones his crisis management skills by tackling obstacles in Spartan races.