Known for his direct involvement with projects around the globe. Ron Holecek has come to epitomize his firms commitment to a dynamic, personal approach by its leaders. Serving as President and CEO of WATG from 1993-2009, Ron led the firm through successive years of growth by focusing on implementing smart business practices to improve efficiency and profitability. At the same time he expanded the firmÕ__ös operations to be truly global. WATG is recognized as the worldÕ__ös leading consulting firm specializing in hospitality, leisure and entertainment design. From WATG offices in Irvine, Honolulu, Seattle, Orlando, London and Singapore, a talented and multicultural staff of professionals provides strategy, planning, architecture, landscape architecture and interior design services. WATG is the number one hospitality design firm in the world, according to surveys by Hotel Design and Hotel & Motel Management magazines. Hospitality Design magazineÕ__ös recent survey of architecture and interior design firms ranked WATGÕ__ös corporate culture among the top in the country: best career advancement, best firm philosophy, best client list, best list of projects, and most innovative. Ron is a recipient of the 2001 North Dakota State University Alumni Achievement Award, an Advisory Board Member of the North Dakota State University College of Engineering and Architecture, a member of the Urban Land Institute since 1987, and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).