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Ron Sarazin
Ron Sarazin

Instructor.  Ron Sarazin is passionate about helping managers and leaders make a difference for their organization and their careers.  Ron has expertise in executive coaching, strategic planning, customer service, project management, and team/organization collaboration.  He understands the system of work and can help others improve the results of their organization as well as their own personal impact.  As the President of Olympic Performance, Inc. since 1991, he has completed hundreds of engagements with a wide variety of managers and leaders in organizations ranging from broadband technology to government.

Ron graduated with a BS in Industrial Engineering from Oregon State University (OSU) and has completed advanced training at the University of Idaho and Stanford University.  He has successfully been examined as an ISO 9000 lead auditor by the Governing Board of the National Registration Scheme for Assessors of Quality Systems (also known as the IQA) in the United Kingdom.

Ron started his professional experience in 1976.  He has held leadership or officer positions with the Aluminum Company of America, PACCAR (owner of Peterbilt and Kenworth Class 8 truck manufacturing companies), Portland General Electric, and Mutual Health Systems, Inc. (a dental services health care company, now part of InterDent, Inc.).  

In 1991, he launched Olympic Performance, Inc.   As a consultant, his specialty is in helping clients develop powerful strategic plans and effectively deploying and monitoring them to realize results.  His services also include conducting employee surveys, guiding projects back on track, facilitating the completion of business case analysis for potential investments, improving process performance through rapid process improvement, helping stressed organization through change, and providing executive coaching for key management personnel.  

Ron is an accomplished programmer, author and trainer.  He developed two computer programs marketed nationally: Fixed Asset Depreciation and M105D.  He created a 360-degree leadership assessment instrument titled Management 2000 and authored a training module titled Managing Customer Expectations, incorporated in the Partners for Quality standardized curriculum.  He developed certificate programs for Portland State University including a five-day course titled Creating Customer-Centered Organizational Excellence and a ten-day course titled Business Analysis Certificate. He currently teaches five additional courses he wrote titled Operational Excellence, Project Planning and Organization, Project Execution and Management, Introduction to Microsoft Project 2013, Intermediate Microsoft Project 2013 and Introduction to Agile/Scrum.  He also teaches Introduction to Project Management in the Marylhurst College Mini-MBA program and all classes directly through the Sarazin Institute.

Ron has written and delivered training and consulting programs through Olympic Performance, Inc. on many topics including service, customer loyalty, employee loyalty, project management, Agile/Scrum, and quality.  In 2009 he published a book titled Action with Traction on the subject of strategic planning and operational execution, incorporating many of the subjects on which he teaches and consult.  

Ron is also an experienced presenter and facilitator.  For example, he was keynote presenter to over 500 franchisees of the Papa Murphy’s company on the subject of Customer Loyalty and to the Alaska Telephone Association on the subject of Member Loyalty.  He has facilitated planning sessions for City, County, and State elected officials as well as for staff organizations.  He has also facilitated strategic planning and operations planning for for-profit and non-profit leadership teams, and helped many teams at all levels in a wide variety of organizations challenged with differing priorities and personality conflicts become functional and effective.  His engagements include retainer based relationships where he helps leadership teams keep their plans current and their actions focused, facilitating periodic review sessions as well as guiding development of effective dashboard and visual management feedback systems.

Active in his community and profession, Ron is immediate past board chair for the Washington County Community Action Organization, a $22 million non-profit focused on addressing the issues and conditions of poverty and operating Head Start programs throughout Washington County.  He is also a member of the Oregon State University Department of Industrial, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Engineering Industrial Advisory Board and member of the Willamette West Habitat for Humanity Trustee Advisory Council.  He has been chairman of the Clackamas County Budget Committee, vice-president of the TTS Youth Competitive Soccer Club, and chair of the Tualatin Americans with Disabilities Act Board.  He is a former elected official for the Tualatin City Council and served on the Tualatin Budget Committee, Tualatin Development Commission, Washington County Cooperative Library System Board, and Tualatin Core Area Parking Board.  He is past chair of the Tualatin Architectural Review Board and past president and director of the Portland Chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers.  

When not working, he enjoys photography, travel, and walking half-marathons while his wife runs full marathons. For 20 years he coached competitive youth soccer for Southside Soccer Club, headquartered in Tigard, Oregon, and for two years at Westside Timbers Premier Soccer Club, headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon.