Ron Huntington, Owner of Executive Mentors & Trainers and a Senior Consultant to Management with EMT, has over 30 years of Entrepreneurial Business Development, Ownership and General Management, and Executive Coaching and Consulting experience.
He is one of the original Coaches for The Rockefeller Habits, Gazelles, and the Scaling Up Processes, and was certified in both the Rockefeller Habits and the Scaling Up Processes in the period 2000-2018. He resuscitated and built the then-dormant Gazelles International Coaching Program in its 3rd Evolution from 2003 to 2008, serving as its President and Head Coach, when he then handed the reins over to his hand-picked successor as President, Keith Cupp; Ron subsequently served as Emeritus Head Coach and Core Advisor to Gazelles International from 2008 to 2018. He is now affiliated with Metronome Growth Systems, Metronome United Coaches, and their 3HAG Processes, where he is a 3HAG Coach and Expert Facilitator. He is also affiliated with Gravitas Impact Premium Coaches, serving as a Senior Advisor to President Keith Cupp, and is an active Colleague in the Premium Coaches organization.
Specific expertise includes: Strategic Thinking and Execution Planning, Coaching and Mentoring Owners and Key Executives in Leadership and Operational Management, Fast-Growth Company Planning, Operations, and Execution Management, Raising Capital, Investor Relations, and Financial Stewardship.
An accomplished Public Speaker and Author of the book “Strategic Business Planning” published by the NAHB and BuilderBooks in 2003, his strong facilitation background has served such varied Pacific Northwest, National, and International Clients over the past 20 years as Microsoft, CBRE, Group Health Cooperative, Thales Avionics, Weyerhaeuser Realty Investors, Intracorp, Peoplesoft, Boeing, The International Oracle User’s Group of the Americas, The National Association of Homebuilders, The International Loss Adjusters Association, Unionbay Sportswear, Mallon Ford, Riverside Ford, Burien Toyota, McArthur Homes, Woodmont Properties, Fairway America, Elliott Bay Design Group – Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Meckelborg Financial Group (Canada), Garibaldi Glass Industries (Canada), DM Contact Management (Canada), Leading Edge Marketing (Canada), Calypso Medical, Best in Class Education Centers, Oregon Reproductive Medicine, Jing Digital (China), Service Champions of Orange County, Service Champions of Pleasanton, ZEMAX Optical Software, Balsam Brands; Shipwire/Ingram Micro; Mostly Muffins, Aurum Ceramic Dental Laboratories (Canada and USA), Brambleberry, Complete China (China), Total Benefit Solutions, Propel Insurance, The Wong Group and CIBC Wood Gundy (Canada), Sandridge Food Corporation, Mutual Materials, Pixelspoke, Bloodworks Northwest, and AMMEX Corporation, to reference a few.
His specialties and skills include: General Management, Strategic and Business Planning, Sales and Marketing Management, Personal/Professional Financial Planning, Family-Owned Businesses, Succession & Transition Planning, Customer/Client Service Programs, Communications Strategies, and Human Resources Management.
He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in Communications and Sociology in 1972. He considers himself a Life-long Learner, and has continued to expand his span of knowledge through an ongoing Program of Personal and Professional Development that exceeds over 80 hours a year of Continuing Education.
Ron’s vast management experience started with the Restaurant industry. He began his management career with Restaurants Unlimited in Seattle, a nationally-regarded multiunit, full-service restaurant company, where he attained the position of Senior General Manager. He then became the Owner/President of the Pacific Rim Restaurant Group Inc., a full-service restaurant company with 210 employees in 3 locations in Alaska. This is where he acquired a large measure of his initial start-up and entrepreneurial experience.
After Ron left the restaurant industry in 1987, he became an Investment Consultant with Merrill Lynch in Alaska. He was responsible for the marketing of Merrill Lynch’s investment products & services and was SEC Series-7 and Series-63 licensed. He also built a unique Scallop Fisheries business in Alaska, home-ported out of Homer and Dutch Harbor, Alaska. The Fishery’s 150-foot vessel served as a Command Ship for the Exxon Valdez Clean-up in Alaska’s Prince William Sound from 1989 through 1992.
After returning to Seattle in the late 1980’s, he served as a Managing Director for The Pacific Institute, responsible for both the Transportation-Industry Marketing Group and the Market Development Division. The Pacific Institute, in Seattle, is known for its personal growth education programs conducted by the late Lou Tice.
His exposure to personal growth education, coupled with his considerable business knowledge and experience, led him to become a Staff and Senior Consultant with Management Action Programs, Inc. (MAP) in 1991. During his 7-year tenure, MAP was a 125 person, 37-year-old employee-owned firm engaged in General Management Development & Consulting, advising clients who wished to improve profitability and the effective performance of their organizations. While with MAP, Ron was a Top-Rated Senior Consultant, always sustaining Client Satisfaction Ratings among the Top 3 rated Senior Consultants in each quarterly ratings period during his rated tenure.
In early 1998, Ron left MAP to form his own General Business Management Consulting Company, which is Executive Mentors & Trainers. This bold move allowed him to do what he loves and does well: Market, Sell, and Deliver proven General Business Management Coaching, Mentoring, Consulting, and Training Services, through an experienced, independent voice. He is a Certified Consultant for Birkman International, Inc., in the proprietary Birkman Methods, having received Birkman Advanced Certification in April of 1999. Ron was certified as a Presenter and Facilitator of the Gazelles Rockefeller Habits and the Scaling Up Processes, the Gazelles Executive Development Programs and The Pacific Institute’s Investment in Excellence Programs. He is also certified in the proprietary “4 Decisions” processes for – and a Founding Member Colleague of – Gravitas Impact Premium Coaches. Additionally, in 2018 Ron was trained in the Metronome Growth Systems and Shannon Susko’s revolutionary 3HAG Strategic Thinking and Execution Planning Processes, and in early 2019 will complete his full Certification in these proprietary Planning Processes.
A licensed and experienced Private Pilot, Ron enjoys travel, aviation, auto racing, computer technology, History, Military History, reading, movies, film music, and maintaining the quality and appearance of his home and yard in Seattle. He is married to Evie, his wife of 29 years, and has a son, Nick, who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, is also a graduate of the University of Washington, and is in the Computer Gaming Industry in Seattle. Ron is also now the proud grandparent of a 2-Year Old Grandson.