Ron Kitchens


Ron is the senior partner and chief executive officer of Southwest Michigan First, an economic consulting firm, which includes Consultant Connect and the Southwest Michigan First Life Science Fund.

Since 2005, Kitchens has led economic development agency Southwest Michigan First, as chief executive officer.  He also serves on the Collaborative Development Council for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. He has experience as a consultant in local and national politics, and was previously CEO of the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation.


  • Public administration, Missouri State University
  • Corporate director training and certification, UCLA Anderson School of Management
  • Negotiation and decision-making program, Harvard Business School

Additional information

  • Favorite Book: Following the Equator, by Mark Twain.
  • Success in one word: Love.