| Director:|| Region 4|
| Election Year:|| 2012|
| Term Expiration:|| 2014|| Ron has been actively involved in small business lending and economic development since 1979. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s degree in Economics from Syracuse University.|
During the course of his career, Ron has assisted in financing small business and promoting economic development through various positions with city/county government and Small Business Administration (SBA) certified development companies (CDCs). He has administered and initiated a myriad of economic development programs (loan funds, business district revitalization, industrial/science park development, incubators, etc.) in the cities of Denver (CO), Rochester (NY) and Thornton (CO) and he was active with five CDCs located in the states of Colorado, New York and Florida. Ron served as Executive Director of Colorado Lending Source, Ltd. for seven years prior to serving as President of GulfCoast Business Finance, Inc. for the past twelve years.
GulfCoast Business Finance (GBF) was designated by the SBA as a CDC in 1982. It is responsible for administering and servicing the SBA 504 loan program to small businesses situated throughout the State of Florida. GBF has partnered in the past with the Community Reinvestment Fund’s New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program and with the State of Florida’s Emergency Disaster Bridge program. In addition to administering and servicing these loan programs, GBF also provides technical assistance to entrepreneurs, small businesses and lenders.
Ron is a director and officer of the 504 industry’s trade association, National Association of Development Companies (NADCO) and he serves on the boards of Development Company Finance, Pinellas County Economic Development Council and Neighborhood Lending Partners. Ron is also proud to have served many years on the boards of the Denver Metropolitan ARC Association (Denver Thrift) and Adams County ARC, providing advocacy and assistance to persons and families with developmental disabilities.
He received SBA’s District and Region awards as "Financial Services Advocate” and he was recognized by the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s as "Who’s Who in Tampa Bay” in the banking and finance industry.
Ron is a licensed real estate broker (Colorado and Florida) and he enjoys traveling, hiking, biking and sailing with his family.