Ron’s experience represents 32 years in the software industry with roles as major account executive, including implementation and on-going customer support, moving from an individual contributor to executive management over North and South America. Ron was part of the management team of two silicon-valley start-ups that each existed profitably. This allowed Ron to become a partner for 11 years in Milestone Partners, LLC, a private-equity/investment banking firm, where he lead the Restructuring/Refinance Practice Group where he and his team facilitated over $40M into privately-held businesses in NC and SC. For the last 18 months, Ron is currently a Business Counselor with SBTDC in the Hickory/Boone Region. Ron has a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Education from Indiana University, and is on several Boards of NC Companies and on the UNCC Board of Ventureprise, fostering entrepreneurship on the UNCC campus and in the Charlotte region.