Colorado Christian University
Ronald Stites

Ronald Stites

Faculty Spotlight

Degrees and Experience
  • MBA, Finance and Accounting (Regis College)
  • BS, Chemistry (University of Kansas)
Biography and Professional Achievements

Mr. Ron Stites has over thirty-five years of business experience in technical operations, marketing, marketing research and technology development. He has worked at many organizational levels from front line supervision to CEO. He has managed technical sales and marketing operations with up to $55 million in annual revenue. He has also been involved in numerous technology-based startups as a technology leader with five US patents to his credit.

Mr. Stites has operated a business consultancy since 1996, assisting a wide variety of companies with:

  • Sales and Marketing Performance
  • Financial Performance
  • Technology Evaluation and Development
  • Responding to and Winning Large Corporate and Government RFP’s
  • Scaling of Processes (Bench to Pilot to “Semi-works”)
  • Quality and Reliability of Data and Operational Systems

Mr. Stites hold a BS Degree in Chemistry and an MBA in Finance and Accounting. He has written and presented extensively on a wide variety of topics including:

  • Evidence-based Decision Making
  • Statistical Analysis of Experimental and Survey Data for Decision Making
  • Sales and Marketing in the Technology Driven Company
  • Research and Development Management
  • Managing Scientists and Engineers
  • Reliable Sampling of Complex and Stratified Populations

In addition to his formal education in science and business, Mr. Stites has continued his education many areas of technology and business management. These include:

  • Design of Experiments Training (DoE Training) 2011
  • French – Alliance Française de Denver, 2010-2011
  • ISO 14001 Lead Auditor Training (ANSI and EARA Accredited), QSD, 1997
  • Managing Government Contracts, Educational Services Inc., 1994
  • Project Management Seminar, IT, Inc., 1992
  • Hewlett Packard RTE-6/VM Systems Manager Training, 1984
  • Group Leader Dale Carnegie Sales Advantage Course, 1995
  • Du Pont Co., “Managing Safety : Techniques that Work for Operations Managers,” November, 1990
  • Persuasive Sales for International Technology, Sales Concepts, Inc., Roswell, Georgia, 1990
  • Blog:
  • R. C. Stites, Epiphany: A Beginning of a Spiritual Journey, eBook, Amazon Kindle, December 1, 2016
  • R. C. Stites & Emily Hueni, et. al., “Colorado Well Spot, Putting Colorado Oil and Gas Regulations on the Map,” Presentation for Go Code Colorado, Ft. Collins, CO, April 3, 2016, Awarded as Finalist in Business Application using State of Colorado Databases.
  • R. C. Stites, Lee Yuan Ming & Matthew James, “Oil Shale, Treasure Trove or Pandora’s Box, A 10 Week Study and eBook,” Presented at 35th Oil Shale Symposium, Salt Lake City, UT, October 5, 2015
  • R.C. Stites, Lee Yuan Ming & Matthew James, Oil Shale, Treasure Trove or Pandora’s Box, eBook, Amazon Kindle, available for Pre-Sale, Release Date September 15, 2015
  • eBook:  R. C. Stites, The Science, Art and Discipline of Technology Development, Amazon Kindle, April, 2015
  • R. C. Stites, “Conquer Pilot Plant Challenges,” Chemical Processing, November 2015, Pages 39-40
  • R. C. Stites, “Experiment Design Validates Measurement Technology,” Ethanol Producers Magazine, May 21, 2014
  • R. C. Stites, “Using DoE in R&D Projects – A Practical Approach,” Presented to the 3rd Annual Meeting of European Design Expert Users Group, StatCom, Vienna, Austria, June 25, 2012
  • R. C. Stites, “Second Generation Bio-Fuels – Feasible by 2020?”, Presented to the Society of Mechanical Engineers, London, England, May 24, 2012
  • R. C. Stites, “Total Propagated Uncertainty,” 42nd Annual Bioassay Conference, Las Vega, NV, October, 2002
  • R. C. Stites and Harry Borg, “QC Mania:  How to Insure that Your Environmental Project Fails”, Pentasectional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 6, 2002
  • R. C. Stites and Dr. B. K. Bagawandoss, “Electronic Reporting of Data from Commercial Environmental Laboratories”, Pentasectional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 3, 2001 (Re-published in the Environmental Laboratory Washington Report, May 2001)
  • R. C. Stites and John C. Walsh, “Cost Accounting for Laboratories”, Superfund XVIII/HazWaste World, Washington, D.C., December 2, 1997, (Invited Speaker)
  • R. C. Stites, “Potential Pollution Source from Gas Processing Industries”, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 84e, March, 1988 (abs)
  • R. C. Stites, “Managing Techniques for the Analytical Laboratory (Managing Scientists and Engineers)”, Pittsburgh Conference, 1295, 1988 (abs)
  • R. C. Stites and J. A. Berges, “Data Processing Techniques for Reducing Background Interferences on GC/MS Mass Spectra”, Pittsburgh Conference, 503. 1985 (abs)
  • R. C. Stites, “Pascal-Microprocessor Based Laboratory Management programs”, Pittsburgh Conference 290, 1985 (abs)
  • R. C. Stites, “Composition and Analysis of Natural Gas and Natural Gas Liquids,” Natural Gas Sampling Workshop, University of Kansas, 1982 (abs)
Faith and Learning

How did a “scientist” become a Christian while attending a secular university?

I tell this story in my eBook, Epiphany. This book chronicles the beginning of the Spiritual Journey of a scientist who becomes a Christian. It begins by telling of how a young boy first became aware that there must be a God. It then describes the twists and turns of how a young man struggled to square that simple faith with a growing knowledge and appreciation of scientific thinking.

This is a short book and a fairly easy read. It speaks to both the heart and mind. It encourages those who struggle with such things to look deeply for Spiritual reality and meaning and then try to put some "legs" to that.

That, of course, is not the end, but rather the beginning to the story. It continues with a long career in the secular world where ethics and truth were often “for sale” – where those who stole millions with lies received national awards for doing so. I was able to stay true to Christ, not through any strength of my own, but through the constant watch care of Christ and many friends sent to encourage me along the way.

Some of my fondest memories were making six trips (one for a month) to rural, southern Senegal to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) using Bible stories as the main teaching method. Nothing builds faith quite as much as serving in a place like the Casamance, where the sultry evening might be punctuated by the faint rumble of artillery fire.

Life has been tough, but Christ has been tougher. He who endured the cross has been sufficient in all things. I should have died as many as four times. I have been fired and quit more than once over what I considered ethical issues. I wouldn’t trade any of it for an easier way. It is good that life is hard at times, lest we come to love it too much.

When I teach, I try to give some insight into a “real Gospel” – not sanitized with “church-speak,” but bearing authentic stigmata – the scars of service.