A natural leader, Ron sets the overall direction for the company, oversees operations, and fosters a culture built upon continual learning. He believes that investing in people and providing opportunities for them allows W. M. Jordan Company to grow and excel, now and in the future.
Since joining W. M. Jordan in 1997, Ron has managed complex projects such as the Ferguson Center for the Performing Arts at Christopher Newport University, the Quad Student Housing at Old Dominion University, and the Restoration of the Historic Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach. He is adept in project engineering, quality control, strategic leadership, and business administration.
Ron’s passion for educating, mentoring, and growing the next industry of leaders drives his involvement in all that he does. For over 10 years he served Old Dominion University’s Engineering Technology Industrial Advisory Board and was also an adjunct professor at Tidewater Community College, where he volunteered on advisory committees. Lauster actively lectures at local schools, speaking on topics ranging from leadership to community development. As a steward of W. M. Jordan’s internship program, he helps implement opportunities for students that provide real-world learning experiences.
In addition to his passion for education, Lauster is a champion for the community, supporting growth and involvement through numerous non-profit organizations. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Hampton Roads Chamber and is a member of the Greater Peninsula NOW.
Lauster earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Technology from Old Dominion University. Subsequently, he completed an Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and graduated from the Hampton Roads CIVIC Leadership Institute.
Ron and his wife, Melissa, reside in Chesapeake with their four children.