Ron Duren, Jr is a performance coach and Professor of Leadership and Management at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is a certified business coach and trainer, specializing in Leadership development and the 4 C’s model of mental toughness.
Adding to his diverse background, he is an Ironman triathlete, ultrarunner, aerobatic pilot, motivational speaker and writer.
He spent five grueling years building an award winning aerobatic airplane, was the test pilot for its maiden voyage, and now flies it all over the United States.
In a former life, he was a semi-professional baseball player and a rodeo bull rider. As you can imagine, this brings a unique perspective to his views regarding high pressure situations.
He is an ardent student of the ancient philosophy of Stoicism and utilizes it as his personal philosophy of life as well as his pursuit of Aretē (excellence).
Ron believes, to excel in any endeavor, we must first learn to harness the power of our mind. He firmly maintains that mindset, attitude and effort carry the day. Talent is overrated.
He calls Broomfield, Colorado, at the foot of the majestic Rockies and Boulder Flatirons, his home base. Along with his trusty Husky, Laika, he enjoys the Rocky Mountains as his backyard playground.
He holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master's degree in Engineering Management, both from beautiful University of Colorado. He is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and committee chair for Leadership and Ethics at the University.
You can learn more about Ron’s story in this interview.