Job One Profiles: Q&A with Board Chair Emeritus Ronald “Ron” Eiman
Job One Board Chair Emeritus Ron Eiman has dedicated 50 years of service to Job One. He was awarded a plaque at the Annual Board Meeting on May 16th, 2018, honoring him for his years of leadership with the organization. A lot has changed over the years, while Ron’s support has not wavered. We sat down with Ron to learn more about how Job One has developed since he started, and the exciting progress the nonprofit has made over the years!
Employer/Title: Transworld Airlines – Retired Accountant
City of Residence: Independence
Number of Years Living in the Area: 55
Relationship with Job One: Board of Directors – Emeritus
Number of Years Involved with Job One: 50 years, joined in 1968
Q: What drew you to working with Job One?
A: In 1967 I was elected President of the Independence Jaycees. I could not join the Job One Board that year with so much going on. So, I told them to call me in a year and I would see. They called me a year to the day and asked for me to serve. I agreed to join the board. The board was struggling and so was I. We had 3 board members who helped us pull together so we could start providing employment opportunities for adults with disabilities in the area. We knew this resource was badly needed, but at the time, we were uncertain how we’d do it.
Q: How have you seen Job One change during your tenure?
A: We started with the 15 individual we needed to form the organization and to what we are today! It has been such an inspiration to see!
Q: What is your proudest achievement as a Job One Board Members?
A: To not only represent Job One locally but also the community at large. It is with great pride I represented Job One nationally at SourceAmerica.
Q: What is your vision for the future of Job One?
A: To continue to serve those who need to be served and are otherwise not served.