Amazing who you can meet sitting in a foyer waiting for your husband to finish a Vessel Traffic Service presentation. Don’t ask me to explain what my husband was doing. Ron Newton, Consultant, Author and minister, asked and found out I was clueless.
Ron happened to walk through the foyer. I happened to mention my nose was buried in my laptop because I’m a freelance writer. Already a published author, No Jerks on the Job, Ron sat down to chat. We had some things in common. Writing of course. He also found his agent as I found mine. Neither one of us were looking for an agent. It just happened. We also share a love for God and serve in ministry.
I didn’t have my recorder to capture every interesting tidbit of information Ron shared, and I’ve told you about all I can remember. I’ll let Ron tell you in his own words a little about himself. Yes, I pirated this from one of his three websites, see the links below. Sorry, no prize if you figure out which one.
“I’m a Baby Boomer, which means I’ve experienced a lot of wisdom-collecting wear and tear. Twenty of my years were spent directing a wilderness camp ministry for troubled youth. That may explain the hair loss. If not that, perhaps it’s the eighteen-plus years I’ve spent helping businesses solve continuous improvement problems with their employees.
How I traveled this life journey and managed to survive is a class II miracle. I’ve been physically assaulted by juvenile delinquents and tongue-lashed by change-resistant business bullies; both have a lot in common.
Entering seminary after forestry school, I did not picture any of this, but I was quickly shown that I wasn’t cut out for pastoral life. I’m too much the radical.
My passion is to help improve personal and organizational lives quickly, like I accomplished with troubled kids on the camp trail. Status quo is a dirty term in my vocabulary.
I speak and write on the subject with the same fervor that once convinced defiant delinquents to behave properly. Now I use my energy to equip well-meaning business people with the skills to accomplish a values-based strategy for improvement of workers and production. Character is where your business battle is won or lost.
I may have been handed a number of tough tasks in life, but I’m blessed. For a guy who has spent much of his life confronting and improving undesirable behavior, I live peacefully in north Texas with my sweetheart wife of many years.”