Ron Prier, President of RPAV and Industry Leader, Passes Away

NSCA board member and president of RPAV Ron Prier passes away after long, courageous health battle.

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Ron Prier, President of RPAV and Industry Leader, Passes Away

Ron Prier, president of RPAV, died after battling diabetes and kidney failure.

I met Ron Prier at the very first CI Summit in 2012. There were only about 30 attendees that first year, so it was easy to connect with everybody. However, I could have easily overlooked the reserved founder of RPAV had he not quietly summoned me to sit down next to him after breakfast.

Ron had a way of speaking with authority without changing the tone or volume of his voice. He calmly, methodically and convincingly told me about the unique direction in which he took his Bowerville, Ga.-based integration firm.

A few months later Ron and RPAV’s story were on the cover of Commercial Integrator. Obviously.

For me, one of the highlights of NSCA’s Business & Leadership Conferences and CI Summits was running into Ron and having another of those nice, calm, convincing conversations.

The industry will miss Ron Prier. So will I.

Here’s NSCA’s statement:

NSCA Mourns Loss of Board Member Ron Prier

We were saddened to learn that NSCA Board Member and RPAV President Ron Prier passed away last Thursday night following a long battle with diabetes and kidney disease.

He endured many years of daily dialysis and treatments for his condition, yet never once complained. He was a kind and grateful man who loved his family, his company, and our industry.

His fellow board members shared the following comments:

  • “Ron Prier was a good man. He has endured a very long life battle.”
  • “I was impressed with his commitment to life, his family, his business, and the industry.”
  • “The countless number of hospital visits (no matter where he was traveling) and his fortitude to keep going were very admirable.”
  • “He truly cared about people. Ron was one of the most wonderful people I have known.”
  • “He has a heart of gold. Our industry has lost a lovely man.”

Ron’s memorial is planned for Tuesday, April 25, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Lavonia, GA. Visitation will be at 2pm, with the memorial service at 3pm.

Ron is survived by his wife, Angela; daughter, Paige; son, David (who also had grandson, Oliver); and daughter, Jessica.

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Comments

  • Angela Prier says:

    Tom
    Thanks for your kind words and I cherish our friendship throughout the years.
    Ron thought a lot of you as well as the support of Commercial Integrator magazine.
    He certainly valued your friendship and always spoke highly of you.
    RPAV will continue to stay in business “as usual” as Ron would have it.
    I have learned a lot throughout the many years of this industry and as his wife, we worked it and lived it.
    Unfortunately, we knew his health was declining as we waited for a kidney and last year he made me discuss his succession plan when it was “his time to go”!
    His desire was for me to keep steering RPAV and always keep looking ahead as he always did.
    We all know, our industry is ever changing and that will always be the nature of the great and wonderful but scary beast called “technology”!
    He will be missed by so many as he truly believed that relationships were number #1 in this business. After the decades and number of friendships he had, I know I can’t quite fill the same “BIG” shoes as he did, but you better believe I will give it 101%.
    We are blessed with incredible employees and a support system as well as the support of NSCA!!! (which was his passion).
    RPAV will continue to carry on and be successful, as Ron wouldn’t have it any other way.
    I sometimes forget I too have been in this industry for 11 years and will also commit to the quality and excellence that Ron would insist upon!!!
    Ron may be gone, (and terribly missed) but his legacy and passion for this industry will carry on!
    Thanks again for all you have done for us, your support, and being a great friend to us all.
    Angela

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