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Ron Laker, CEO

Ron Laker is a natural entrepreneur, business leader and mentor with a passion to help other entrepreneurs succeed. With over 30 years of Trading, Commercial and Executive Leadership experience, he recently retired as President and CEO of Trademark Metals Recycling (TMR), the largest full service scrap metal processing company in the Southeast.

Early in his career with The David Joseph Co. (DJJ), the Nation’s oldest and largest scrap metal brokerage firm, Ron developed a keen understanding of the scrap market’s fragmented industry and dynamics. In his role as a District Trading Manager, while doodling on a placemat at dinner one evening, Ron penned a vision of a very large, full service scrap processing company.
With that vision TMR was born, and within 10 years of inception, Ron led the organization to become the 20th largest privately held company in Florida, generating $700 million in sales and employing 650 people.

TMR is headquartered in Tampa and has grown from its original three locations to eighteen locations within the State of Florida. TMR and its parent company, DJJ, were acquired by Nucor Steel in 2008 for $1.5 billion.

Ron takes an active role within the CEO council of Tampa Bay and serves on several boards in the community. He is passionate about sharing insights on the Industry, his company’s growth, overcoming challenges along the way, and developing a leadership team and culture that enabled TMR to be such a success.

A native of Batesville, Indiana, Ron is a hall of fame athlete and was a scholarship basketball player for Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the proud father of two sons; Scott is a Doctor in Seattle and Michael, a Harvard MBA, works as a financial analyst specializing in evaluating Bio - Tech companies in Boston.

After 30+ years in the corporate world Ron is beginning the next chapter of his life. His newest venture will allow him to share his life lessons through public speaking and professional development seminars focused on assisting Entrepreneurs in developing the leadership skills necessary to reach success in all walks of life.

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