Ron Maurer grew up on a farm outside of Frankenmuth, Michigan, where he learned to appreciate the flavor difference that comes from fresh produce and small-scale production. It was his exposure to the business side of farming that led him to pursue a career in administration and finance. In his role at Zingerman’s, Ron is able to contribute his financial expertise to an organization committed to full-flavored, traditionally made food. It’s a perfect combination.
Ron studied at Wright State University in Dayton, OH, where he received both BS and MBA degrees in finance and accounting. Prior to joining Zingerman’s in 2000, Ron’s spent 11 years working in various financial and administrative areas of Lexis-Nexis in Dayton. After leaving Lexis-Nexis, Ron worked with Key Bank in Cleveland, Cashman Equipment in Las Vegas and living.com, an internet start-up in Greensboro, NC.
Within Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, Ron’s areas of responsibility include Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Legal and Administration, Marketing & Graphics, and Web. Annual sales of the Community of Businesses has reached nearly $60 million, with a total staff of almost 700. In 2016, Ron was confirmed as a managing partner and assumed an equity ownership, as do all members of the Zingerman’s businesses Partner’s Group. Ron Maurer is the first-ever administrative officer to become a Zingerman’s Managing Partner. The Zingerman’s Community of Businesses makes organization-wide decisions based on a consensus of the Partners Group members.
Financial education for staff is an integral part of Zingerman’s approach to open book management. Ron developed and regularly teaches a number of internal finance classes for Zingerman’s staff, and speaks frequently to outside organizations about Zingerman’s approach to Open Book Management. Ron is actively involved with the community, including roles in leadership positions on the boards of local non-profits.