Ron was first elected to City Council in July 2011. He had previously served on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, the DART Station Art Design Committee, the Environmental Learning Center Committee, and the Steering Committee for the Comprehensive Planning and Zoning review. Ron was a frequent contributor as a Community Voices columnist to the Dallas Morning News regarding topics of civic interest in Rowlett and the Lake Ray Hubbard area.
Ron is a veteran of the USAF. He was a medic during the Viet Nam era, and was discharged in 1969. After college (Indiana University, Bus. Adm., 1958-1963), Ron began his career as a real estate appraiser for Cole-Layer-Trumble Co. of Dayton, Ohio; at the time, the largest real estate appraisal firm in the nation. Then, Ron spent his time in the USAF, and subsequently moving on to Tyler, Texas. It was in Tyler, with National Homes Corporation that he began his career in construction and development finance. In 1975, Ron moved to Rowlett and continued his career in real estate finance with Lomas & Nettleton, Commonwealth Financial, and General Electric Credit Corp. Ron started Mortgagee Support Services in September of 1990 and continues work in real estate finance as a consultant to several D/FW area banks. Ron is a constant observer of municipal development trends in metroplex cities.
During Ron’s corporate career, he flew all over the United States studying other towns, cities, and markets. He spent uncountable hours in the Philadelphia area, Houston, cities of the mid-west, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and all the southern California area from Los Angeles to San Diego. He observed many different loan structures, construction techniques and marketing strategies. He served as a major “work out specialist” on distressed construction loans, achieving substantial success on many land development projects.
In 1990, the adventure of travelling all over the USA began to dim. Ron founded Mortgagee Support Services to stay home and provide administrative services to area banks engaged in construction and development lending. During the peak years of the 2005’s through 2008’s, the company was administering to construction inspections and loan disbursement approvals on 1,000 houses and $150 million of commercial and institutional construction projects; all on the ground at once and revolving. As construction and development activity began to wane due to national economic conditions, Ron turned his interest toward Rowlett’s emerging and interesting growth potential and opportunities. After serving on several committees, his path ultimately led to a seat on City Council.