Interview with Ron Eason, Chairman of Bronners Business Institute, Greater Atlanta Area, USA
What was your 1st entrepreneurship endeavor?
– Ok Marquez, that’s a good question. I can’t really recall when I was not involved in entrepreneurship. I guess my first activity, on a consistent basis, was that I had a paper route at 12 years of age. At 13, I worked for a janitorial service at night – I helped clean buildings. At 14, I bagged groceries at a local grocery store in my community. When I was 15 and 16, I waited tables at the famous Pascal’s restaurant in Atlanta, Ga. By 17, I was a computer operator and after reaching that age, I never really worked for anyone else. I became a licensed real estate agent at 18 years of age; and I just progressed in the real estate business from that point. By 21, I had my own property management firm. We managed around 2,500 municipal apartments for banks and insurance companies.
What were some of the challenges you personally faced during that time?
– Because I’ve been in business for so long, I have experienced all kinds of economic climates. Getting into business, I went through a down cycle; so I started out in the fire. I had to learn how to negotiate in bad times and survive them, as well as prospering in good times. So I’ve experienced every kind of economic climate that you can experience.
what was your last project completed?
My last two projects completed were two condominium complexes, totaling about 220 units and valued at about $61 million dollars. Because of the economy, there is zero demand for what I have done over the past 15 years in the United States. What do you do when your whole industry has dried up currently? Well, I’ve done what I shared with you earlier; I’ve gone into managing the outsourced service contracts from corporations. I won’t go into great detail, but these are some of things I’m involved with today.