Inventor of the Fox 40 Whistle, Former NCAA Referee
Resides in Burlington with wife Marie. Has 3 sons Steve, Dave and Ronnie. Over the last 10 months, Ron has been featured in the New York Times, CBC, ESPN, the History Channel, he’s had an audience with the Queen at Buckingham Palace and was named Burlington, Ontario Citizen of the Year.
Ron continues today as a logistics entrepreneur. Starting in 1982, he built Fluke Transportation from 3 trucks to 176 trucks and 475 trailers. Beginning with 250,000 square feet of warehousing space Fluke grew to 1.3 million square feet. He is Chair of the Hamilton John C Munro Airport the largest packaging freight airport in Canada. He serves on many boards throughout the world.
Ron is the Inventor of the Fox 40 Pealess Whistle which is now sold in 140 countries and is sanctioned by almost all major sports worldwide. Fox 40 a Canadian company proudly dominates the world-wide sport and safety whistle industry.
Ron received an Honorary Doctorate from McMaster University, named to the Burlington Entrepreneur Hall of Fame, the Burlington Sports Hall of Fame and several other business and sports Halls of Fame. He is the Honorary Colonel of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, Ron played a major role in the arrangements for Corporal Cirillo’s funeral and the continued tributes that followed. He was named Hamilton, Ontario Distinguished Citizen of the Year and inducted into the Hamilton Gallery of Distinction. He has chaired the Burlington Flood Relief Victim Fund, McMaster Athletics Stadium Build, Hillfield Strathallan College and St Joseph’s Hospital Capital campaign’s. He was named Entrepreneur of the Decade by Profit Magazine.
Ron officiated the 1976 Olympic Gold Medal Basketball Game. Ron enjoyed a distinguished career in NCAA Division 1 highlighted by officiating Michael Jordan’s first college game and the Sweet 16. He was named by Referee Magazine as one of the 52 most influential persons in North American Officiating history. Ron spent 14 seasons with the NBA observing and evaluating the performance of NBA Referees. He received the prestigious NASO Gold Whistle Award. This honour is considered the highest distinction bestowed on a referee in the world.