Vice President of Commercial Operations
The Durst Organization
Ron Jerman was born in Long Island New York but spent his childhood years living in a small town called BaDurfee' in Canada. He studied business at SUNY Farmingdale and started carrier as a Local 94 operating engineer in 1986.
Ron has been married since 1991 and has four great children.
Now, Vice President of Commercial Operations for the Durst Organization, Ron oversees the operation and performance of mechanical systems throughout The Durst Organization’s commercial and residential property portfolios. In ensuring that systems run efficiently for peak performance, Ron manages capital and operational upgrades.He is also responsible for establishing operational policies and best practices across the portfolio.
In addition, Ron is a board member of the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the Lowes Syndrome Association and BOMA.
Atlas-Acon Electric Service
Rick Froio is Managing Partner of Atlas-Acon Electric Service Corp., which builds and installs electrical infrastructure in the five boroughs of New York City, and New Jersey. Atlas-Acon is one of the most respected and successful Electrical companies in New York City, and has been illuminating the world-renowned Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree for the past 20 years.
Rick started his career as a Local Union #3 apprentice electrician in early 1978. While Rick was excelling in the electrical field, he was also pursuing his formal education. He became a Master Electrician, licensed in both NY and NJ.
A native of Italy, Rick immigrated to the U.S. at the age of eight. He is well versed in English, Italian, and conversational Spanish. He received his lower level education in Bayonne, NJ. While in High School he played soccer and continued on to play at The University of Toronto, Seneca College.
As a man of many enthusiasms, Rick is an avid golfer who has combined his passion for the sport with his commitment to philanthropy. He is Co-Chair of the annual National Kidney Foundation Golf Classic at Westchester’s Winged Foot Golf Club. He sits on the NYC NKF Board of Directors. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Race Against MS at Belmont Park. He is past vice president and past board member of Tiro A Segno, the oldest private Italian-American club in the Country.
Rick is the recipient of the 2008 Race Against MS Blue Ribbon Award.
In 2011 Rick received the Celebration of Life, Esther Montanez leadership award for his support of Fountain Gallery’s Artists with mental illness.
He was chosen National Kidney Foundation’s “Man of the Year” in 2012.
This coming October, Rick will be Co-Chairman of the 2017 NYC National Kidney Foundation Walk, a fundraising event projected to raise over $1,000,000.
Rick and his wife, Mary, reside in Berkeley Heights, NJ. They have three children, Elizabeth, Antonio and JonPaul.
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