Ron was born in Washington DC and grew up in suburban Maryland. He graduated from San Diego State University in 1978. His aviation career includes soloing in 1977, being hired by American Airlines in 1988, and qualifying for Captain in 1999. He is type rated in B727, B737, B757/767 and MD 80 and has flown just under 25,000 hours. Ron is married to a lovely AA flight attendant (29 years), and they have two adult children. Ron has retired from American Airlines and wishes to continue flying as long as he has a medical approval to do so. He purchased a 1975 Mooney M20C in 2016. He also owns a Sabre 28 sailboat and is an avid, lifelong sailor. Ron was attracted to SouthWings as an opportunity to serve a worthy environmental cause in a capacity he loves, flying. Ron also serves in the Civil Air Patrol and play drums in his church praise band.