Profiles In Leadership: Ron OakleyMar 23, 2020
Ron Oakley was born into an industrious farming family in Pasco County. He worked on the farm and in the business; he learned to love the land, the groves, and the livestock; but above all, he learned to work hard.
He lost his mother to Addison's disease when he was only 10, but his father, his grandparents, and, later, his stepmother kept him on course. He tended the citrus groves and other agricultural crops, as well as the cows, pigs, and horses.
Ron graduated from Pasco High School, where he played basketball, baseball, and football, eventually becoming quarterback. Then he went to college in Tennessee, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Carson-Newman College in just three years.
When he returned to Pasco County, he worked in various aspects of the family business. These included the citrus and agricultural businesses, the transport business that grew out of the farm activity, a real estate firm, a ranching business, and funeral homes.
He also joined the National Guard, took citrus and landscaping courses at Florida Southern College to help with the business, and eventually raised five children.
But Ron also got busy serving the community.
He has served as treasurer, vice chairman and chairman on the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s board. He serves as chairman of the Boys & Girls Club of Lacoochee, and he sponsors the annual John Anderson Benefit Concert in Dade City, providing much needed funds to Kiwanis, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Heart Institute, Bayfront Hospital Dade City, Restored Hope, The Thomas Promise, Sunrise Spouse Abuse Center, and Boys and Girls Club of Lacoochee.
Ron also supports the Future Farmers of America, numberous 4-H Clubs, the Pasco Sheriff's Agricultural Unit, and the Sherriff's Mounted Posse.
A lifelong resident of Pasco County, Ron Oakley is connected to the land and committed to the community who lives here. He's as Pasconian as you can get.
Thanks for loving this community, Ron, and press on!