Gary Whitaker introduced Ron on March 16. His co-sponsor is Rick McElvaine.
Ron was born in St Louis and lived mostly in St. Charles while growing up. From 1975 to ’80, he studied at School of the Ozarks (now College of the Ozarks) and earned a BS degree in Industrial Technology.
In 1984, Ron helped St. John’s Hospital (now Mercy Springfield) as a paramedic, along with wife, Marilyn, start Springfield’s first Helicopter Critical Care Service: Hammons Life Line. He was on its first flight.
In 1987, Ron married to Marilyn Hill. She met all the pre-marital requirements: she was a nurse, had two kids out of diapers, and had a great ski boat.
In 1987, Ron started a paramedic service in Kimberling City for St. John’s. In 1992, he went back to school for a post graduate degree from Drury’s Hammons School of Architecture. He’s been designing homes since 1978.
In 2000, Ron worked with Millwood to design St. Andrews Club and San Poppi. In 2003, he established Euro World Design to design homes with the character found in Old World communities. His company’s home designs are throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia. He’s won the 417 Magazine Home of Year award numerous times.
In 2013, Ron established On The Hill. It presents dinners that are auctioned by local not-for-profit organizations to raise money for special causes. Ron and Marilyn and chefs donate dinners at their home, which has the ambiance of stepping out of the United States into a French or Italian scene.
Ron was recently honored as one of 2017’s 50 People You Need to Know by Ingrams.