Meet The EDGE™ Team
“My main goal is to help you and your business do whatever it takes to accomplish long-term success in your industry!”
My story began on a large farm in rural GA. It was there that I discovered I was an entrepreneur at the ripe age of 6 years old. I and my very first business partner/sister started my first business together. It was a lemonade stand.
Today I own several businesses, all of which are debt free and profitable. I am a pilot, diver, and inventor, and have spoken to many organizations and am featured on air as well as in print media.
I own Empowering Small Business and help small business owners across the country by Empowering their Dreams of truly owning their business instead of being OWNED by the business.
My sales career began with Hank’s Fine Furniture. Hank was a personal friend of Sam Walton (Wal-Mart). During training I was introduced to some training material from a man with an unusual name and an even more unusual accent. That man was Zig Ziglar…
Zig said, “You can take a southern boy and take him up north and in a couple of months he would talk with an accent, but if you take a northern boy and bring him down south …pretty soon he will be talking normal.” Being from GA I talk “normal” as well, so I immediately felt at ease with Zig! More importantly, I appreciated the deep biblical philosophies behind his teachings. The stories were relatable, down to earth, and moving! I began reading his books and attended some of the “Get Motivated” seminars where he was speaking. Although I never had the privilege of meeting him, I feel as if we knew each other and if we would meet today I’m sure that somehow he’d feel the same way!
Zig’s philosophy of “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want” has had a huge impact on the way that I run my business and conduct my life and has helped shape me into who I am today. Outside of my personal relationship with God, that philosophy has helped keep my life in perspective many times!
Later in my career I had the privilege of meeting another great man, a man that was also impacted by Zig and his philosophies. Of course, I am talking about Tom Ziglar, Zig’s son. Tom and I “hit it off” immediately! His sense of humor and quick wit reminded me of my family. I discovered we also share a “liking” for Alaskan King Crab (ask me sometime).
While in Destin, FL, at the beach, Tom asked to have lunch with my wife Toni and me. “I have something I’d like to talk to you about,” he said. “You’ve been impacted by my dad, right?” he asked. “Tremendously,” I replied. As we continued discussing how Zig impacted my life, I wondered where this was heading.
“So here’s the deal. You’re one of the first ones I’m talking to about this.” He said, “Would you be interested in helping us carry on the legacy and philosophies of my dad? We are looking for someone that is already coaching and speaking and that has a passion to help people and I couldn’t help but notice that you are that person.” I felt so honored and privileged to have this opportunity! I asked him if I could think about it. “Of course,” he said. After 3 seconds I said “Sure I’ll do it!”
Several months later I arrived at the Ziglar headquarters in Dallas, TX, spent a week with the team, and became part of an exclusive, elite group of wonderful professionals who are proud to be called Ziglar Legacy Certified! In fact, there are only 45 ZLCer’s worldwide today!
It is my pleasure to carry on the legacy of Zig Ziglar, a great but humble man who changed millions of lives around the world… including mine!
The Grandfather of Possibilities™Inventor of the Magnetic Credit Card Strip and MORE!
Ron Klein’s background includes several different roles ranging from inventor, entrepreneur, CEO and engineer. His inventions are diverse and have impacted billions of people worldwide: (the magnetic card strip for credit cards, credit card validity checking system, Real Estate MLS, voice response for banking and BOND quotation and trade information system for the NYSE).
He was the founder and CEO of Technitrend, Inc., a public company which designed and manufactured data systems including a unique solution for a nutrition company that enabled the growth of healthier chickens in eight weeks, much less than the average growth cycle. Ron also founded General Associates. Inc. GA started by representing other company’s products in the field of data communications. GA acquired and provided special teleprinters combined with acoustic couplers so that hearing impaired individuals could communicate with the hearing. He modified special teleprinters that would impregnate paper tape with the braille code, so that the visually impaired could read messages received over communication lines.
In 1979, General Associates began their relationship with the New York Stock Exchange. They established operations at NYSE at 11 Wall Street, providing special teletypewriter equipment needed to support the NYSE’s requirements for trading floor expansion. They provided maintenance and service for trading floor operations and technical expertise in the area of hardware and software development. Their expertise and technical skills in the field of financial data systems and services earned Ron and his company tremendous credibility with NYSE and the financial community. In 1983, Ron developed a system to provide up to the minute bond quotation and trade information for the members of the NYSE and other financial institutions. It provided transparency and was operational for more than a quarter of a century. General Associates also provided the video display systems to the American Stock Exchange, Philadelphia Stock Exchange, New York Futures Exchange and New York COMEX.
To this day, Ron continues to invent and has developed a patent for a device called The Ident-Eye-Fier. It gives a visually impaired person the ability to identify a person or item when in physical range of that person or item. It utilizes a smartphone, camera glasses and an earpiece.
Ron is a graduate of Temple University with a BS in Electrical Engineering. He and his wife Arlene have two children, four grandchildren and reside in Sarasota, FL. Ron and Arlene are supporters of the Morris Animal Foundation. Arlene serves on the Board of Trustees. MAF funds animal health studies for all species of animals. Ron is a Senior Olympian bicyclist medal winner, and a sailing enthusiast.
Ron is gracious enough to give back to EDGE and is an invaluable asset to the team.Visit Ron's Website