Born in Takoma Park, Maryland, Ron Maxson was raised in the suburbs of Washington, DC, in a middle-class family. Overcoming seemingly impossible obstacles, numerous setbacks, and many challenges is Ron’s life story in a nutshell. That has made him the man he is today. He is a bold and daring go-getter who believes that nothing is impossible. He has reached many milestones that people told him were not possible.
Introduced by close friends in July 1992, Ron and his bride, Tracey Lynn Smith, married in October 1993. They raised their two children in the Urbana school district. Their daughter, a senior, and their son, a sophomore, attend private colleges in Pennsylvania. Currently, Ron and Tracey reside in Gaithersburg, Maryland, named the most diverse city in America.
Ron leads with imagination, insight and boldness, presenting a challenge that calls forth the best in people and brings them together around a shared sense of purpose. He is honored to serve one of the largest, most diverse, highly educated and affluent communities in the United States, populated by more than one million residents, located just outside of Washington, DC.
Ron has more than 30 years experience in government administration; in excess of 20 years experience providing oversight and supervision of staff; more than 15 years experience training personnel in a variety of settings on standard operating procedures, legal matters, customer service, software applications and more. He is highly effective in helping government employees, supervisors, managers and executive staff see beyond bureaucracy, challenge old and often ineffective habits, embrace new ideas, develop effective strategies, and implement needed change with a focus on delivery of increased customer service and transparency to individual residents and communities.
As an experienced public speaker, Ron has addressed groups of a few to crowds of thousands, been interviewed on mainstream and community network television stations, and has spoken in a wide variety of venues including community town halls, conference and retreat centers, schools, board rooms, mega-churches, and on-stage at national events such as the annual Fourth-of-July celebration on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
Volunteerism in the community holds a special place in Ron’s heart. He has volunteered in the community since age six. Ron has served in multiple ways such as mentoring children, youth, young men and others, as well as organizing community fundraisers, public service projects and more.
Overall, Ron is a people-person through and through. He enjoys being with people, serving people, leading people, communicating with people, and thrives in community environments.