Ron Lawrence, Secretary
Ron was born in Gulfport, Mississippi and attended segregated elementary, middle and high schools. Like James Meredith, Ron was denied entry into Ole Miss University’s school of engineering due to Jim Crow laws at that time and decided to attend Xavier University of New Orleans, an HBCU, out of state.
Ron later graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Detroit. He also earned a degree in Math and Physics from Xavier University, New Orleans, La., and did extensive coursework towards a Masters degree in Business Administration at the University of Louisville, in Kentucky.
He began his career with the Boeing Company as a telemetry engineer and test assistant working in the NASA Apollo Moon Landing Space Program on an engineering co-op assignment. Upon graduating from the University of Detroit he accepted an engineering assignment with the General Electric Company in Louisville, Kentucky, where he worked in Design, Advance design and Production.
He and his family latter moved to Virginia with the Westinghouse Electric, Corporation, where he worked as Manager of Market Planning and Distribution in the Industrial and Commercial Air Conditioning Division. Westinghouse then transferred him to Pittsburgh where he worked at its corporate headquarters as Manager of Market and Strategic Planning for the Air Conditioning Group. Ron latter moved to the Transportation Division of Westinghouse where he worked as deputy program manager, program manager, and Senior Program Manager for the Washington D.C Metro, Atlanta Airport People Mover, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit, Denver Airport People Mover, and Singapore Bukit Panjang Transit Projects.
After Westinghouse was bought by the Daimler-Chrysler in 1988, Ron was promoted to Vice president, Train Control and Auxiliary Equipment, ABB-Daimler-Chrysler Transportation, then to Director, Project Development and Sales Total Transit Systems Division, Director Project Management of Sekurflo Security Products, and then to Director, Marketing, Sales and Proposal Management, Bombardier Transportation, Rail Control Solutions, Americas Division. Ron Retired from Bombardier in April, 2015.
Ron has travelled extensively over six continents, and some 22 countries including North America, South America, Europe, Nordic Region, Middle East, and Asia, including China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea.
Ron is very much interested in the Education of African American Youth and works tirelessly as a mentor and advocate. In 2015 he was selected as the Post Gazette, Highmark, and BNY Mellon’s Jefferson Award winner for the Pittsburgh Region’s Most Outstanding volunteer and represented the Region at the National Jefferson Awards Ceremony in Washington DC. The award was for his 30 years of volunteer service with the 100 Black Men of Western PA., a mentoring organization, serving as its President for the last 8 years. Ron also received the Urban League’s 2015 Ron Brown Award for Community Service and the Omega Psi Phi Citizen of the Year Award . Ron serves on several non-profit Boards, including A+ Schools, NEED, the Laurel Highland Council Scout-Reach Division of the Boy Scouts of America, Iota Phi Foundation of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and the 100 Black Men.