After World War II, founder Harry Ronan began a career as a bench technician at Motorola servicing two-way communications radios. During his tenure there, he attained the position of Vice President of Sales. Several years later, Harry decided that it was time to exit the corporate world to start his own company – The Ronan Company later shortened to “Ronco.” Harry felt his new company founded in Western New York should be based on sound engineering principles and asked Bob Dutschman (also a Motorola engineer reporting to Harry at the time) to join him in his new venture.
Harry and Bob set their sights on new construction projects. They worked closely with architectural and engineering firms to assist in the design of standby power requirements for various facilities. Ronco provided electrical contractors with the product, engineering, and field support for highly complex and custom standby power applications. As those relationships grew and the technology evolved, so did the needs of the local firms.
By the mid-1970s, Ronco was truly diversified: designing, selling, integrating and maintaining a wide range of communications solutions, from school intercoms and clocks, to nurse call hardware, telecommunications, professional sound, and TV distribution systems. Ronco was growing exponentially. This momentum continued into the 1980s when through acquisition, Ronco established operations in North Carolina.
In 1995 following the passing of Harry Ronan, Chris Wasp Sr., Harry’s son-in-law, stepped in as Ronco’s CEO. His objective was to grow what made Ronco work, its people, relationships and proven process and bring that to more markets and customers. Over the next 22 years Ronco grew from serving 5 markets to 15 throughout the Eastern United States including a dedicated practice focused on the Federal space.
Today, Ronco continues to grow and remain a family enterprise, led by 3rd generation ownership, Chris Wasp, Jr. (grandson of Founder, Harry Ronan), CEO of the Ronco companies. Chris’s vision for the organization is that of an engaged team, working and winning together, focused on the purpose of making better-connected experiences for their customers. Chris believes that every interaction with Ronco should leave the customer feeling as though they are Ronco’s only customer. Ronco maintains a strong connection to their family heritage and believes strongly in the power of its people and their ideas.