|Death: ||Jun. 10, 2007|
ACKER, SR., RONALD L., Husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, mentor, friend, community activist, volunteer, world-traveler, and real estate business leader - passed away Sunday, June 10, 2007, after a long and courageous battle with leukemia.
While best known as the Broker Owner of RE/MAX 200 Realty, RE/MAX Town & Country Realty, RE/MAX Realty Centre and RE/MAX Achievers, the 65-year-old entrepreneur's professional background was rich with a host of education-related professions, and included serving as an elementary school teacher; a sales, training and marketing executive director for a major publishing company; and the owner of several successful businesses.
In 1989, after a decade as a successful Central Florida real estate agent, Ron, and his wife Kathy, purchased RE/MAX 200 Realty in Winter Park. Together they and their sons grew this office from a few dozen agents, to over 100 agents recognized as the #1 independently owned real estate brokerage in Central Florida. Ron's strong educational background, coupled with his sales leadership, provided him a firm foundation to help each of his agents reach their business goals, which in turn helped Ron build one of the strongest networks of real estate offices in the area. Ron's faith personally and professionally was built on his desire to "do unto others, as you would have them do unto you."
While Ron developed additional business interests in commercial real estate, the title industry, and economic development, he continually gave back to the community serving as past President of the Orlando Regional Realtor Association (ORRA), founding President of the Mid-Florida Regional Multiple Listing Service, and the ORRA representative on the Economic Development Commission's Governor's Council. Ron also gave back to his
alma mater by serving as past President of Rollins College Alumni Association and past advisor to TKE Fraternity Board of Directors.
His dedication was recognized in 2001 when he was named Realtor of the Year and again in 2005 when ORRA gave Ron the Walter Rose Lifetime Achievement Award. Not one to slow down, the accolades only encouraged him, and in 2006 Ron committed himself to improving Central Florida's affordable housing initiatives in the same spirit that he supported the Winter Park Arts Festival, Susan G. Komen For The Cure Foundation for breast cancer research, the Children's Miracle Network, and other groups and organizations.
During the past decade, Ron traveled to Europe, Central America, Mexico, South Africa, and throughout the United States, encouraging and mentoring both regional and emerging markets in the best practices for real estate professionals.
Ron's vision, compassion, commitment and leadership will be sorely missed by the very wide circle who knew him both here and around the world thanks to his very active involvement in international real estate." expressed Belton Jennings, CEO of ORRA.
Ron attended high school in his hometown of Lodi, Ohio but moved to Central Florida soon afterward and graduated in 1964 from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. He earned his Masters of Arts in Education from Fairfield University, in Fairfield, CT, which was followed by post graduate studies at Columbia University and a National Science Foundation Fellowship at Bridgeport University. Ron and his family were active members of All Saints Episcopal Church in Winter Park.
Ron is survived by his wife, Kathleen of Maitland; sons and spouses, Lee and Shana, Kevin and Melissa, Mark and Andrea of Maitland and Winter Park; his mother, Arlene Proulx of Altamonte Springs; one brother, Kenneth of Vero Beach; seven grandchildren, Mia, Julia, Kristen, Sam, Noah, Joshua, and Jordan; and over 200 of the best agents and employees who love and share his passion in their lives every day. Ron was preceded in death by his sister, Cindy Anderson and his father, Claire Acker.
A celebration of Ron's life will be held at Knowles Memorial Chapel at Rollins College, 1000 Holt Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789, Friday, June 15, 2007 at 11AM.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those who wish to express their support consider a donation to either the Rollins College Ron Acker Scholarship Fund, 1000 Holt Avenue - 2754, Winter Park FL 32789-4499 or a donation to the Ron Acker Affordable Housing Foundation, P.O. Box 1689, Winter Park FL 32790 in honor of Ron's dedication to these causes.
Published in the Orlando Sentinel on June 13, 2007
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