|Ron leads Hill+Knowlton’s operations in Tampa and has served as a senior communications advisor to dozens of clients for more than 20 years. He has worked on behalf of corporations, business associations, professional sports teams, media companies and high-profile individuals spanning a wide array of industries and issues and has led numerous award-winning, multi-faceted public policy campaigns involving federal, state and local issues. Ron has extensive experience in advising c-suite leaders, issues and crisis management, public affairs, media relations and media training, and research, and specializes in the areas of health care, insurance, and in legislative campaigns.
Ron has led winning policy campaigns related to homeowners’ insurance reform, no-fault auto insurance, hospital Certificate of Need programs, Medicaid funding disputes, medical liability insurance reform and voter education.
Prior to joining H+K, Ron served as the communications manager for the Florida Residential Property and Casualty Joint Underwriting Association. Ron also spent 20 years as a newspaper editor and reporter, including a stint at the Tampa Tribune, where he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1991 for a series of investigative stories on the Florida Marine Patrol. At H+K, Ron has won several state and national public relations industry awards for his work. They include a 2008 Gold Sabre and a 2007 Silver Sabre from the Holmes Report for work on Medicaid funding issues on behalf of Florida’s safety net hospitals, and a 2005 Silver Anvil from the Public Relations Society of America for a campaign on behalf of 130 groups that won medical liability insurance reforms in Florida.
Ron received an MBA from St. Leo University in fall 2009. He also holds a degree in English and a minor in journalism from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey).