Ron’s passion for driver excellence and vehicle preservation was sparked in him by his Dad on the farm as a youngster. At 16 years of age, he won the 1973 AMVETS-Dodge National Safe Driving Competition, and began training other competitors shortly thereafter. He later trained fire apparatus operation at the local community college, law enforcement and rescue vehicle operation for the National Park Service (NPS), and vehicle response at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), in Glynco, GA.
He has spent most of his life outdoors, living in remote areas of the US National Parks, working extended assignments in backcountry locations, and on wildfire and speciality details. His ability to effectively operate and maintain a variety of vehicles quickly led to driver and instructor positions.
Ron has been sharing his 30+ years of driver training experience with OEX participants since 2013. As a NPS Law Enforcement Ranger / Rescue Technician, and Instructor, he taught off road vehicle operation across the US. As a Senior LE Driving Instructor at the FLETC, he trained private, military and government law enforcement drivers in the operation of task specific vehicles, including military and civilian 4x4s, LE sedans, ATV/UTVs, motorcycles, and bicycles, as well as developed and managed the FLETC driver simulator program. Ron has worked with numerous vehicle operator training programs in class, skill, and program development, and is currently certified through the I4WDTA.