Ron Lazarus


Ron has led several successful businesses over the last 35 years. 

From 1984-1998 he was the VP of Sales and Marketing at Firex, a smoke alarm manufacturer. Ron grew Firex’s market share from 10% – 75% during that time period. Firex’s massive growth attracted an acquisition by Coleman. Two years after the Coleman acquisition, Ron led the sales growth from $60M to $100M. Conglomerate Invensys would later acquire the Firex unit from Coleman. 

About a year after the Invensys acquisition a small competitor called Universal Security Instruments head-hunted Ron to serve as their President. In just 9 years at USI, he took their stock price from $.99 to $36 (that is without adjusting for 2 stock splits). USI was ranked the 90th fastest growing public small company in Fortune Top 100 Small Business Magazine in 2006 and 56th in 2007. 

Ron was instrumental in developing new products by leading engineering teams that brought major innovations to smoke and carbon monoxide alarm industry. He has extensive experience in international sales & manufacturing operations. Ron has also Co-Founded several companies in the U.S. (Including Valqari LLC, a drone delivery mailbox company) and infrastructure and agricultural companies in India. 

Ron served on the Board of Eyston, a manufacturer partner in China from 2003-2016. He also serves on the Board of Global Midwest Alliance and the US-India Chamber of Commerce – Midwest. He has an MBA in Marketing and a BS in Business Administration from the New York Institute of Technology. 

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