As general manager of the Water Group, Ron leads a robust team with deep, diverse experience helping the industry manage vulnerabilities and addressing ever-changing community needs with water treatment, supply and systems solutions. Throughout his career, he has successfully managed some of the largest water and wastewater capital programs in the central U.S. He has served as program manager and now program director for Kansas City, Missouri’s $4.5 billion Smart Sewer Program, program director for Shreveport, Louisiana’s $1.3 billion Clean Water Shreveport Program, and project director for the Northwest Wichita Water Facility project in Kansas. Ron also led Kansas City’s $1.5 billion capital program as part of the City’s Capital Improvements Management Office, a U.S. Conference of Mayors award-winning public-private partnership.
Ron dedicates much of his time serving his local community. He supports organizations including:
I played college football at Oklahoma State University with two future NFL Hall of Fame inductees, Thurman Thomas and Barry Sanders. I also bleed orange!
There is so much to do! Water and wastewater infrastructure has been so effective in working long past its design life that communities have simply not put in place the revenue streams to address all that needs to be done. In the next 25 years, I think we will not only see the need for massive investment but also find creative ways for communities to invest in developing sustainable water and wastewater utilities.
Almost everything we do in the water industry is centered around improving quality-of-life issues. What's harder but makes just as much impact is our effort to develop water opportunities for our disadvantaged business partners. Creating quality of life is important; creating it so that everyone can enjoy it equally takes it to a whole new level.