About the Consultant:
Ron Wine was born and raised in Marion, Ohio. He graduated from Marion Pleasant High School where he was an All State athlete lettering in five sports while becoming a member of the National Honor Society. He played on the only teams in Ohio high school history that won both the state football and basketball championships in the same year. Wine went on to graduate with honors from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. After graduation, he moved to Dayton, Ohio where his educational background and love for the great outdoors led him to work five years for the State of Ohio, Department of National Resources in acquiring and protecting natural and recreational lands along the Little Miami State and National Scenic River.
Working with business leaders involved in the conservation of the Little Miami led Wine to realize the pivotal role that private sector leaders play in working with diverse groups of people to accomplish meaningful goals. That understanding and respect for engaged business leaders, along with his Mother’s longtime urging, led Wine to go back to school at nights and on weekends to complete his Masters of Business Administration from Wright State University.
From the State of Ohio, Ron Wine went to work for the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce in 1985 with encouragement from local business leaders he had come to know through the Little Miami project. At the Chamber, he became involved with a variety of community issues and developed a heartfelt and abiding passion for community service. He relished the opportunity to support business growth, job creation and community development in the Dayton Region. As a Vice President at the Chamber, Wine oversaw a growing portfolio of programs and strategic initiatives that included establishing and growing the community’s relationship with Wright Patterson Air Force Base, state and federal government relations, not for profit oversight for the Dayton Air Show, National Aviation Hall of Fame and many other activities.
In 1994 Dayton Area business leaders decided to create a new, dynamic regional economic development organization solely focused on driving growth and diversification of the region’s economy. Wine was recruited to be the first employee of the Dayton Development Coalition where he went on the become President and CEO and serve for over 10 years.
While at the DDC, Wine worked with a broad range of volunteer business and community leaders. He oversaw and led the effort to start up and grow what has become the Dayton Region’s leading economic development organization. The DDC not only became the driver of strategic economic development efforts; but also, a successful model that has been replicated throughout Ohio. Wine developed a self-sustaining organization funded by private sector members and donors as well as local government partners throughout the eight counties surrounding Dayton. As CEO, Wine led a multitude of efforts that included establishing and funding the region’s Wright-Patterson Air Force Base support initiative for BRAC, attracting over $75 million in locally managed venture capital for entrepreneurial business growth, serving as a board member and General Partner for three separate venture investment funds. He also continued to organize and grow the Community Leader’s Annual Fly-In to Washington, DC to advocate for Wright Patt and many other community priorities. Wine also established the DDC’s new business regional recruitment efforts, gained funds for “shovel ready sites: for targeted job creation projects which created thousands of new jobs. He also led efforts to establish the Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority to finance strategic development projects and chaired the National Composite Center, Miami Valley Venture Fund, Regional Development Strategy Leadership Group, Development Projects, Inc. and Dayton Research Corp. During his tenure, the DDC generated hundreds of millions of dollars of investment in the Dayton Region and retained, grew and attracted thousands of new jobs. The DDC became and still continues today to be the leading advocate and agent of change and collaboration to create a more diverse, strong and growing economy in the Dayton Region.
After his 20 years of “public service” in the private sector, Ron Wine established his company, Ron Wine Consulting Group in 2005. Wine utilized his vast experience with the State of Ohio, Dayton Chamber and Dayton Development Coalition to assemble a diverse and unique consulting practice focused strategically on clients that want to grow revenue, profit margins and jobs that positively impact their communities.
Since 2005, Ron Wine Consulting Group including 15 associates has served over 40 clients by providing strategic planning, business development, networking, and government relation services. During this period, RWCG has generated over $250 million in revenue for their clients, which has driven another $500 million in direct sales and project funding to achieve priority business objectives.
Common Good Fund
WSU, WSRI & WSARC
Dayton ReG. STEM School