Ron Penland has owned and led Executive Forums Inland Empire since 2002. As chief facilitator and strategist, he brings his extensive experience to bear to help owners of small- to medium-sized business be more successful, profitable and fulfilled.
Ron has over 35 years of leadership and business management experience. Prior to owning Executive Forums, his career path led him through a series of companies and positions where he honed his knowledge and skills in small business & large business strategy. He started his business career working for a small irrigation manufacturing company as CFO and helped the owners grow revenues for $1 million to over $20 million in a short seven years. He also spent a year in Perth, Australia setting up manufacturing and distribution. His next position was with a Fortune 10 company, Hughes Aircraft Company owned by General Motors, as a Controller, rising to Assistant Division Manager and then Division Manager. Ron participated in a management buyout of five companies from Hughes Aircraft Company in 1994, becoming the COO and CEO of one of the operating high tech manufacturing companies.
Before beginning his business career, Ron was a commissioned Officer in the United States Marine Corps. After completion of Officer Candidate School, he attended flight training in the Naval Training Command and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1969. Ron flew helicopters in Viet Nam after flight training. He spent eight years on active duty flying both CH-46 helicopters as well as A-6 Intruder aircraft. Ron has been active since 2010 as a CASA volunteer for Foster Children. Ron uses his expertise in the areas of executive leadership, business management, strategic planning, business valuation, mergers & acquisitions, financial analysis and capital procurement to help business owners and company presidents improve their effectiveness and the performance of their organizations.