Ron purchased his first exploration drilling company, Ideal Drilling, in 1980. In 1981, he added a second exploration drilling company and increased sales and net income significantly. Those companies were combined to become Major Drilling Group International Inc., a publicly traded company that has traded on the TSX since March 1995 (TSX:MDI). Ron served as President and Chief Executive Officer until 2000 and during this time was a key driving force in building Major Drilling into one of the largest mineral drilling service companies in the world (33 operations in 15 countries).
Since leaving Major Drilling in 2000, Ron has served as the President of Royal Oaks Real Estates Inc. and Royal Oaks Golf & Country Club. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Northeast Bank since 1990. During 2006 Ron was appointed Chairman of the Board for Beaver Brook Antimony Mine Inc., and he remained so until bringing the operation into production during early 2008. Beaver Brook is the largest antimony mine outside of China.
During 1995 Ron was named Atlantic Canada’s Entrepreneur of the year as presented by Governor General of Canada.