Ron Gaydos an ‘at

BUSINESS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND ORGANIZATIONAL LEADER

Engaging diverse participants, institutional leaders, government officials, and business professionals to inclusively define problems, opportunities, goals, and action; securing and managing resources; coordinating staff, volunteers, and partners in the implementation of projects and initiatives; delivering innovative solutions to complex problems. Major project and program development, execution, and evaluation; major site, community, and industry strategy; business plan development and evaluation; grant writing; contract negotiation; and organizational leadership.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Scenius Strategies – 2013 – present

Principal

  • Strategic planning, economic development program development, management, and evaluation
  • Grant writing, program and proposal evaluation, and compliance monitoring
  • Regional policy analysis, special projects management, and communications
  • Battelle Memorial Institute – 2010 – 2013
    Economic and Policy Consultant, Technology Partnership Practice:
  • Innovation and technology commercialization strategy in advanced materials, biotechnology, and environmental management as a principal consultant
  • Regional and statewide development strategic planning as team leader
  • Performed research, economic analysis, and substantially contributed to nine major project reports
  • Managed client and stakeholder relations
  • Heritage Community Initiatives, Braddock, PA – 2006 to 2010
    VP Community and Economic Development:
  • Developed the Mon Valley Environmental & Innovative Training (MOVE IT) program to attract a total of $2.0 million in US EPA and DOL funding to train 240 participants in green job skills
  • Developed, secured $30,000 seed funding for “Community 2.0”, a community capacity building program using “state-of-the -shelf” social networking technology for community collaboration
  • Founded the Mon Valley Business Roundtable to address business owner concerns and opportunities
  • Led a multi-municipal forum of civic leader volunteers, elected officials, academic partners, and business leaders to address common issues, opportunities, and challenges
  • Led government relations efforts to identify and secure grant opportunities and to broaden support
  • Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh – 2005
    Senior Development Specialist:
  • Managed the design, legal, financing, tax credit, and construction or urban affordable housing projects
  • Allegheny County Department of Economic Development – 2000 – 2005
    Project Manager:
  • Coordinated 11 development projects served and supported by local, state, and federal jurisdictions
  • Managed strategic planning, environmental assessment, legal process, acquisition, occupant relocation and site work for 270 development site parcels in four brownfield and post-industrial redevelopment areas
  • Assisted in securing and managing a $12,500,000 project funding portfolio
  • Coordinated staff, intern, and consultant selection, task forces, public meetings, and presentations to government bodies to facilitate public consensus-building, project execution, and monitor progress
  • Initiated project partnerships with university researchers, community volunteers, and project stakeholders to explore development, governance, and social policy improvements and their implementation
  • Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh – 1999 – 2000
    Graduate Intern
  • Devised financial models for the development of complex real estate projects
  • Assisted the Executive Director in identifying and securing project funding and investment
  • Allegheny County Department of Economic Development – Business Development Division
    Project Manager Intern – Summer 1999
  • Assisted the Deputy Director and Business Development Manager with industrial site development
  • Worked in areas of finance, site planning, contract administration, public policy formation, government process, department administration, interdepartmental cooperation, and project development
  • Gaydos Building & Restoration, Founder/Owner – Pittsburgh, PA – 1983 – 1998
    • Led approximately 30% annual growth from business formation to stable operations
    • Conducted business from project conception, design, negotiation, and organization to completion for projects
    • Managed multiple simultaneous projects, marketing, and customer relationships, averaging $100,000 in size
    • Regional and community publications that have featured my work include Pittsburgh Magazine

    CONCURRENT PROFESSIONAL AND ENTREPRENEURIAL EXPERIENCE

    Business, Community, and Economic Development Strategy Consultant
    • Pittsburgh Chamber of Cooperatives – 2014 to present – Co-founder and Manager
    • Urban real estate acquisition and development – 1992-present
    • Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation – 2001 – Pittsburgh, PA – strategic business plan – recommended action in progress
    • The Community Builders, Inc. – Pittsburgh Office – 1998 to 1999
    • Assisted in the creation of a workforce development program for housing development residents
    • Breachmenders, Inc. – Pittsburgh, PA – 1998 to 1999
    • Analyzed the operations and procedures of Breachmenders’ housing development programs;
    • Troy Hill Citizens, Inc. – Pittsburgh, PA – 1988 to 1990
    • Coordinated major construction and business development projects

    EDUCATION

    Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
    Heinz College, School of Public Policy and Management
    Master of Science in Public Policy and Management
    W.W. Cooper Merit Scholarship Award
    US Department of Housing and Urban Development Fellow

    University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
    Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with Honors

    University of Oslo, Norway
    University of Pittsburgh Nationality Rooms Council Award
    Study in International Relations at the Peace Research Institute of Oslo toward BA degree

    University of Vienna, Austria
    Austrian Government Scholarship
    Study in International Relations toward BA degree

    COMMUNITY SERVICE and VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP

    NEW SUN RISING – 2014 – present
    Board of Directors, Social venture coach
    New Sun Rising is a 501(c)(3) organization that identifies and supports fresh, creative solutions to social problems that are more effective, efficient and sustainable than existing efforts.

    NEW ECONOMY CAMPAIGN – 2013 – present
    Co-Coordinator
    The New Economy Working Group, a project of the Thomas Merton Center, facilitates coordinated action by the many organizations in and individuals in the Pittsburgh region to develop sustainable economic activity creating shared value among communities, employees, and business owners alike. Strategic action includes public education and advocacy events, capacity building, and supporting new economy demonstration projects

     

    GLOBAL PITTSBURGH – 2010 – present
    Citizen Diplomat
     Frequent host and tour leader for international professional delegations        

    COMPUTING WORKSHOP – 2009 – present
    Advisory Board Member
    Providing strategic partnership input and advice for a program that educates students on the autism spectrum for advanced digital media and computer competency

    ROTARY INTERNATIONAL – 2006 – present
    International Technical Assistance Cadre Member – 2014 – present            Project pre-andpost-evaluation
    Braddock Rotary Club President – 2009 – 2010
    Pittsburgh East Rotary Club President – 2015-present

    Group Study Exchange

  • Program Chair2011 – 2013
  • Team Leader to the Patagonia region of Argentina – 2010
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    COMMUNITY TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER

    Member, Board of Directors 2004 – 2012
    Provide long-range planning and oversight for the Pittsburgh region organization whose mission is to improve the success and the feasibility of community development investment by strengthening community-based organizations.

     

    LEADERSHIP PITTSBURGH CLASS XX GRADUATE – 2004
    Explored the affairs, assets, challenges, and opportunities within and between major institutions and issues areas in the Pittsburgh region through interaction with the leadership of Pittsburgh’s education governance, non-profit, and business organizations.

    NATIONAL CONGRESS FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

    Alumnus, Emerging Leaders Program
    Member, Emerging Leaders Program Advisory Committee

    PITTSBURGH PUBLIC SCHOOLS – 1996 to 2008

    Parent School Community Council Representative
    Represented the school community to the Board of Public Education

  • Advocated local schools’ needs and concerns to the School Board and Superintendent for positive action.
  • My participation resulted in dramatically improved leadership in, community support for, and capital improvements to Colfax Elementary School
  • Bezovce 2 Pittsburgh