About Ron Slee
As a third-generation educator, it is easy to say that teaching and training are in the blood for Ron Slee. From his beginnings as a coach, through his time at McGill University, Ron developed a foundation for the work he does today.
Ron began his work in the Capital Goods Industry in Canada, finally establishing his consulting business, R.J. Slee and Associates, in 1980. The company moved to the United States in 1983, and has continued worldwide ever since. Ron has been known as the industry expert for years, and has brought this expertise to bear through his training programs.
Today, Ron provides specialized, job function based online training classes, skills assessments, seminars and webinars. These courses are designed for manufacturers and their dealers, as well as independent businesses in the construction equipment, light industrial, on-highway, engine, and agricultural industries through Learning Without Scars. This platform is a continuation of the work begun by Quest, Learning Centers which was established in 1996. This training is aimed at improving dealer parts and service operations through qualified people that are knowledgeable in using operational metrics and current market and operational best practice methods. There are more than one dozen different Skills Assessments and more than 90 individual classes available today. These courses and assessments cover the many job functions and leadership roles within the Capital Goods Industry, designed with the highest of standards. Learning Without Scars will continue the legacy provided by Quest which has conducted parts and service training for parts and service management and supervision for Komatsu, Volvo and Charles Machine Works (Ditch Witch), to name just a few.
Ron has appeared as a keynote speaker for Caterpillar, John Deere (Industrial and Agriculture), various agricultural associations and construction equipment associations, as well as the National Trailer Dealers Association and the National Truck Equipment Association.
Ron also conducts market research for the Industry and has written numerous articles on pertinent subjects relating to market penetration, productivity and dealer profitability, including monthly columns in the Construction Equipment Distribution magazine and Water Well Journal and other manufacturers publications, i.e. “The Supporter” at Volvo. Sitting on advisory and fiduciary boards round out Ron’s business activities.
Ron and his wife Marlene call Hawaii home today, with many visits to family in California.