Voices of the Region: CEO Best Practices & Pitfalls to Avoid


Join us as we learn from the best voices in the region and inspire a greater St. Louis in our Voices of the Region speaker series.

It goes without saying that decision making is one of the most crucial aspects of leadership. Research shows how bosses make decisions is just as important as what decisions they make. Do it right, and you have employees who are more satisfied with their jobs, do better work, and feel valued.

In “CEO – Best Practices & Pitfalls to Avoid,” Ron Green, Don Jubel, and Karlos Ramirez will discuss how they’ve created a culture of success as business leaders.

Date: January 17, 2020

Time: 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Location: One Metropolitan Square, Suite 1300, St. Louis, MO 63102


Our Speakers

Ron Green, Scout Executive and CEO of the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America

Ron Green is the Scout Executive/CEO of the Greater St. Louis Area Council. Headquartered in St. Louis, the council covers 51 different counties in Southeast Missouri, Southern Illinois, and St. Louis Metropolitan areas and has more than 66,000 members and nearly 15,000 adult volunteers making it one of the largest Boy Scout councils in the nation.

Since arriving in St. Louis, Ron has been instrumental in developing the council’s nationally-recognized STEM program. St. Louis hired the BSA’s first full-time STEM director and is also responsible for holding the program’s first STEM summer camp. In addition to progress in STEM, Ron has helped secure capital improvements for the council’s four camp properties, revitalizing the St. Louis camp experience. His efforts have also led to a new 16,000 square-foot dining hall at S bar F Scout Ranch transforming the property into a year-round program facility for the first time in its 50-year history.

Ron is also dedicated to giving every youth the opportunity to join Scouting. In 2012, the council partnered with local community leaders to form Future Search. The group embarked on an in-depth analysis of urban and hard-to-reach communities to develop a better approach to provide Scouting in these areas. With more than 30 years of experience as a professional Scouter, Ron, an Eagle Scout, has also served Scout Executive roles in Pennington, New Jersey, Princeton, New Jersey and Columbus, Ohio before arriving in St. Louis in March 2011. Ron and his wife Kathy have two children: a daughter, Caitlin, and a son, Thomas.

Don Jubel, Executive Chairman, Spartan Light Metal Products

A St. Louis native, Don Jubel is Chairman of the Board of Spartan Light Metal Products, a supplier of die-cast parts and assemblies for the automobile industry. He attended Washington University to earn a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1973 and then a Master of Business Administration from the University of Missouri in 1974.

Don followed his late father, Henry, into the family business in 1975. Henry Jubel founded Spartan Light Metal Products in 1961. Don worked in every area of the Spartan plant during summer breaks from college, learning the business from the ground up. Spartan Light Metal Products provides highly engineered aluminum and magnesium die-cast products for the automotive industry and lawn and garden industry. After working in several positions in operations, engineering, and sales, Don became president in 1991 and was named chief executive officer in 1999. He now serves as Chairman of the Board. The company has received several quality awards from Toyota. It currently has approximately 1,000 employees in three manufacturing plants and offices in St. Louis and Tokyo.

Don believes in helping and serving others. He is a member of the Washington University Board of Trustees. In addition, he serves as a member of the Engineering National Council and is past chair of the Engineering Eliot Society Committee. He is a past president of the Engineering Alumni Advisory council. Don received the Engineering Alumni Achievement Award in 2008. That same year, he received the John W. Kourik Volunteer of the Year Award and the University’s Founders Day Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010. In addition, Don, and his wife Karen, received the University Founders Day Robert S. Brookings Award in 2014. This year the Jubels received the Dean’s Award for the School of Engineering.

Don and Karen believe in helping young students have the opportunity to obtain a higher education, hence, they sponsor annual scholarships at Washington University. Most recently the Henry A. Jubel Foundation made a commitment to Washington University to honor Don’s parents by helping to fund Henry A. and Elvira H. Jubel Hall to house the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science. Beyond his service to Washington University, Don is a board member on the St. Louis Metro Advisory Board of Commerce Bank. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for Whitfield High School and at his church, Don currently teaches a third and fourth grade Sunday school class.

For sports, he enjoys snow skiing, fly fishing, golf, and weightlifting. The Jubels have three children, Melissa, Lindsey, and Lance, and a granddaughter, Penelope.

Karlos Ramirez, President & CEO, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis

Karlos Ramirez is the President & CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis. The Hispanic Chamber seeks to improve business opportunities for Hispanic firms and professionals thereby improving the economic development of the St. Louis Region. In his role, Ramirez is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Hispanic Chamber’s operations; including donor cultivation, member relations, event management and solidifying partnerships with outside organizations. Under his leadership, the Hispanic Chamber has grown its membership by 201% and increased corporate sponsorships by 707%.

Ramirez grew up in the Chicago area, where he was fortunate to interact with diverse populations. His commitment to business development began at an early age when he worked in the restaurant industry as a teenager, which resulted in a management position at the age of 20.

Ramirez received his Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Illinois State University and his Bachelor’s degree in Education from Northern Illinois University. While pursuing his degrees, Ramirez was involved in a variety of cultural organizations such as his Latino-based fraternity, Organization of Latin American Students, and the Multi-Cultural Center. It is at these organizations where he got to hone in on his leadership skills.

Prior to joining the Hispanic Chamber, Ramirez was the Director of University Center and Conference Services at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. In 2011, Ramirez moved to St. Louis and joined the Hispanic Chamber of Metropolitan St. Louis as the Executive Director.

As a community activist, Ramirez serves on the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership Board, BJC Children’s Hospital Board, Chambers of Commerce Executives Missouri, and St. Louis Sports Commission.

He is joined here in St. Louis by his wife (Alejandra), son (Cristian 25) and daughter (Karina 10).

Our Moderator

As President of Psychological Associates, Clay works to implement the company’s overall mission through framing and leading talent management and corporate development. He generates new business, cultivates client loyalty, and leads our staff. Clay’s collaborative attitude, common sense thinking, and leadership are a strong reflection of our organization’s values. 

Prior to his current role, Clay served as Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, where he excelled both in selling and in leading a variety of sales and customer service teams. Clay continues to be responsible for all aspects of sales, including securing new clients and expanding revenues within our existing client relationships. With solution-development expertise including, but not limited to, manufacturing, retail, and finance, his experience includes global sales of multimillion-dollar solutions for Fortune 500 companies.

Clay partners with PA Consultants to build solutions for their client base’s talent management challenges, strategizing and executing steps to cross-sell and up-sell. He works directly on large client opportunities including qualifying prospects; developing and delivering presentations; managing account strategies; negotiating contracts; and closing. He also manages the activities and relationships with our third-party partners and works to build both our domestic and international affiliate networks.

As President, Clay contributes to strategic decision-making that impacts all facets of our business, including budgets, operations, staffing, and marketing. He actively collaborates with third-party providers to develop marketing strategies and implementation.


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