Ronald E. Hall, Sr. is an entrepreneur and a long time business and civic leader. Besides being President of RCA, Mr. Hall is President/CEO of Bridgewater Interiors a Joint Venture with Johnson Controls, Inc. Bridgewater Interiors is an MBE which is engaged in the manufacturing of world class automotive seating for General Motors Corporation, Ford Motor Company, Chrysler Corporation, and Honda of America Manufacturing. With three locations nationwide, Bridgewater is the third largest African American owned company with over 1,000 employees. Additionally, Mr. Hall is Chairman of New Center Stamping, an automotive service parts stamping facility and owner of Departure Travel Management.
Mr. Hall is best known for developing the Michigan Minority Business Development Council (MMBDC) into one of the premier minority business organizations in the country. During his tenure as President from 1993-1998, he involved over 20 major corporations in support of supplier diversity. One of those corporations, Johnson Controls, Inc. leads the list of the Fortune 500 in its impressive 21% minority content in its automotive products, reaching over the $1 billion dollar spending level. Mr. Hall convinced corporations that supplier diversity is not just the right policy but is also very important to the corporation’s bottom line because diversity groups are also consumers. By supporting MBE businesses you encourage minority communities to buy your products, thus increasing the bottom line and building long term customer loyalty. Mr. Hall played a key role in minority economic development and policy in the State of Michigan when he was Assistant Vice President of minority business development for New Detroit, Inc. the Nation’s first urban coalition and serving on the Detroit Empowerment Zone Board of Directors and Advisory Committees to the mayor. New Detroit played a major role in securing minority procurement commitments from Detroit’s major health care entities and the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions stadium projects.
Mr. Hall continues to play an active role in business and civic organizations across the State of Michigan and nationally including the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Fifth Third Bank’s SE Michigan Board of Directors, Boy Scouts of America SE Michigan Board, American Diabetes Association, New Detroit, Inc., the Booker T. Washington Business Association and Detroit Renaissance Board of Directors. He is also quite active in a number of youth organizations, serving on the board and as past Chairman for SE Michigan Junior Achievement and is one of the pioneers that helped establish Michigan Boy’s Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) over 32 years ago. Under his leadership as Chairman, AAU basketball has grown from one club to over 200 clubs nationally, serving 2500 athletes annually. Additionally, Mr. Hall is AAU Boys National Basketball Commissioner and is involved with the National Tournament.
In November 2009 Mr. Hall returned from his second trip to the White house in Washington D.C. when Vice President Biden invited 11 CEOs to a round table discussion on the future of Small Business in America. Previously he attended the White House conference on Small Business in 1995.
Mr. Hall has an MBA from Wayne State University and a BS in Mathematics from Western Michigan University.