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Ron

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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States · Member since May 2009
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An Airbnb host since May 2009, I have successfully hosted more than 600 guests at my home. I am progressive, well-connected and involved in the community where I have lived for 40 years.

I am an affable and natural host who was an executive in the international travel industry for 25 years. A "child entrepreneur" and adventure travel pioneer, I founded my first company in 1983 which was an in-bound tour operator (partner with Delta Airlines) specializing in Canyonlands, Grand Canyon and Dinosaur rafting expeditions. This professional experience provided me with informed knowledge about the national parks and other extraordinary travel destinations across the vast American West. I sold this company to the largest travel agency west of the Mississippi in 1988 and worked there for the next four years.

In 1992, I launched a second company that specialized in Asian destinations such as Nepal, Tibet, China, India, Southeast Asia, Japan and the Koreas. I operated this company for 16 years (until 2008). This latter enterprise took me to nearly 20 Asian countries and some of them as many as 40 times.

In 2008, I re-invented my career from international travel to renewable energy. I’m currently a business development executive for two solar companies. I divide my time between working for New Jersey-based Just Solar – with field offices in Sacramento, Salt Lake and Honolulu – and Park City-based Alpenglow Solar. I’m developing utility-scale projects in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Utah. Previously, I had a significant role in developing the 1.7 MW rooftop solar generation plant atop the Salt Palace Convention Center. This remains the largest rooftop solar energy plant in Utah. I continue to work with the Salt Palace in selling their solar RECs and I am working on an independent project to build a Utah-based utility-scale solar generating project that will sell electricity to the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power.

Having lived in Utah for nearly four decades, I have expertise and meaningful first-hand experience with and about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormons, Mormon history and culture, the reality of the church's census information, Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign and polygamy; and what it is to successfully do business in Utah as a non-LDS (Episcopalian) person.

I am gay and out. My diverse network of friends are both straight and gay. While the Salt Lake Metro Area has 2.4 million inhabitants, this is a small town in many ways. My local circles of friends include (but not necessarily in this order): neighbors and long-timers, Mormons and non-Mormons, LGBT, foothill hikers, business and religious leaders, foodies, University of Utah, Landmark Worldwide, mountain folk (skiers/climbers), desert rats, dog lovers/owners, renewable energy, artists/authors, citizen diplomacy, politicos and Utah Democrats.

I love collaborative cooking and filling the dinner table with delicious food, fine wine, good beer and stimulating conversation. I practice Bikram yoga (almost daily) and love being outdoors in Utah's mountains and deserts hiking, skiing, camping and boating. I lead programs for Landmark Worldwide.

Rufus, an 16-month-old golden retriever puppy, came home in March and is rapidly growing up (75 lbs). Tucker – my beloved golden retriever who enthusiastically shared hosting duties with me over the years – took flight to greener mountain meadows in April 2013.

I am passionate and enthusiastic about Airbnb and the relationships that I have forged through this unique portal. Hosting guests from around the world has been an extraordinary privilege, and the friendships sourced through Airbnb have been profound.

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