Ronald J. Gerber is the CEO of Angelbeat, Founder of Gerber & Company, and serves on the Board of Directors and is a former President of the Harvard Business School Club of Greater New York. Angelbeat has held over 750 technology symposiums on throughout North America since its founding in 1999. Angelbeat is the largest technology event company in North America based on its 60-city geographic coverage. These forums bring together IT professionals with global technology leaders from Microsoft, Cisco, Intel, VMware, Google, IBM, Dell, EMC and many others. Through these activities Ron Gerber has an unmatched level of knowledge, contacts and credibility among both technology vendors and their CTO/CIO customer base. Based on his industry reputation, he was selected to write six supplements on the mobility and security topics for the New York Times. Further details are available at www.angelbeat.com.
Before starting Angelbeat, Ron Gerber founded and managed Gerber & Company (“GC”), a specialized event firm holding sponsor-funded training in non-IT fields. GC held seminars for government inspectors on new building codes that were supported by construction firms, for example.
Ron Gerber served as an M&A/restructuring consultant to $4 billion Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), leading to a spin-off of its Authentec (NASDAQ:AUTH) biometric fingerprint unit, Terion wireless two-way dispatch system for fleet management, and Intersil semiconductor operations specializing in Wi-Fi 802.11 chipsets. For $2 billion Systemax (NYSE:SYX), Gerber negotiated and implemented their ISP partnership with MSN, auction alliance with Amazon and on-line financial services tie with USABancShares.com.
From 1992 to 1996, Mr. Gerber worked for Pittway Corporation (now owned by Honeywell), holding senior management positions including Vice President of Marketing, Vendor Relationships and Purchasing for its $1.2 billion ADI distribution subsidiary and Vice President, Business Development for its Ademco manufacturing subsidiary. He launched their website, adapted EDI linkages to IP-based Internet applications, coordinated biometric initiatives such as incorporating voice recognition technology in alarm equipment, expanded sales of wireless alarm systems using low-cost, high-reliability and low-data-content transceivers, created new marketing programs for its Alarmnet wireless/cellular alarm monitoring network, developing an OEM spread spectrum product for high-reliability, low cost and low data content applications, advised its Cylink affiliate on new markets for its encryption technology and divestiture of its high data content wireless transmission business unit and structured an innovative home networking joint venture with Microsoft, Comcast and PG&E.
From 1988 to 1992, Mr. Gerber worked for the AVX Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:AVX). Gerber was in charge of and led a successful turnaround of its $400M Surface Mount Manufacturing Division, reversing a (10%) loss to 9% profitability in just two years while growing sales by 30%. Key customers included the world’s leading telecommunication firms such as Lucent, Nortel, IBM, Motorola, etc. Many of its products were used for military and NASA/satellite applications. He has also worked for Accenture.
Mr. Gerber received a B.S. in Engineering from Princeton University, summa cum laude, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He currently serves as Director of the Harvard Business School Club of New York and previously served as President of both the Harvard Business School Club of New York and the Harvard Business School Club of Dallas.
Ron Gerber can be reached at email@example.com or 516-277-2057 . He is married to Andrea and they have three children, Harry, Amanda and Sydney. The Gerber’s reside in Long Island, New York.