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.
Lauster joined W. M. Jordan in 1997. He has managed complex projects such as the Ferguson Center for the Performing Arts at Christopher Newport University and the Restoration of the Historic Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach. He is adept in strategic planning with thoughtful leadership and a vision for growth and continual excellence for W. M. Jordan’s future advancement.
After obtaining his Associates degree at Tidewater Community College, Lauster earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Technology from Old Dominion University. In 2018, he graduated from Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. Ron is also a graduate of the CIVIC Leadership Institute of Hampton Roads, Virginia.
Ron’s passion for educating, mentoring, and growing the next industry of leaders drives his civic involvement. He previously served as an adjunct professor at Tidewater Community College (TCC) and volunteered on several advisory committees at TCC and Old Dominion University. He has lectured at local schools and organizations, speaking on topics ranging from leadership to community development. As a steward of W. M. Jordan’s internship program, he has helped develop 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 of Commerce, Bon Secours Hampton Roads Foundation, and is an Executive Committee member of Greater Peninsula NOW.
Ron and his wife, Melissa, have four children and reside in Chesapeake, Virginia. In his leisure time, Ron enjoys quality time with his family, fishing, theater, and the arts.