Ron O’Connor is a native Floridian born in Tampa and a graduate of the University of Florida.
He began his Farm Credit of Central Florida career in 1987 as Marketing Manager and was named 1997 National Farm Credit Marketer of the Year. During his tenure, the association’s marketing and advertising programs have earned four crystal biostar awards, symbolizing the Farm Credit System’s outstanding program in that category, as well as numerous runners-up awards. In 2003, he was selected as the Florida Nursery, Growers, & Landscape Association’s Allied Member of the Year.
He also chairs the statewide marketing committee which combines the resources of all three Florida associations to achieve maximum exposure for Farm Credit at Florida’s premier agricultural events. His duties at Farm Credit of Central Florida include coordinating advertising and marketing programs to enhance awareness of the Farm Credit Advantage. Additionally, he tracks legislative and regulatory issues affecting the association and communicates with the appropriate organizations and individuals on behalf of the association as directed by the Directors and President.
He is a Lakeland South Rotary member since 1980 and is a past President. Hi is past President of the Florida Agriculture Institute and Polk County Gator Club, past Vice President of the Florida Citrus Showcase, a member of the Florida Citrus Mutual, Florida Cattlemen’s Association’s, and FNGLA’s allied committees, a board member of the Florida Ag Hall of Fame and the Florida Council of Cooperatives, and was awarded an Honorary FFA membership.
He and his wife, Andrea, have been married since 2005 and he has two children, Michael, and Brittany, a step daughter, Jillian, and one grandson, Michael Robert.