After nearly fifty years in the industry and more than twenty with APG, Ron Mueller is retiring. Ron began his electrical career decades ago. He started in the trade as an apprentice in 1973 and earned his journeyman license four years later. After working as a state-licensed electrician in the field for years, Ron's many talents were recognized and he was moved into management. While working locally throughout Florida utilizing his state license, Ron accepted an opportunity to work as a Construction Manager in Mississippi. Soon after moving there in 1996, he became the VP of Operations for a local electrical contractor. In 1998, Ron moved back to Tampa and joined APG as a project manager. He didn't waste any time in making a name for himself or the APG team! His wealth of experience and knowledge instantly made him an asset. Ron holds a State of Florida Certified Electrical Contractor license and has served in nearly every facet of the industry.
As a senior project manager, Ron was adept at handling a project from start to finish. He has worked on some of our largest and most complicated jobs and has always achieved exceptional results. Some of the major projects he’s completed include St. Joseph's Hospital North, Tampa General Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, Florida Hospital, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Morton Plant Hospital, USF Visual & Performing Arts Center, Boca Ciega High School, Gulf Trace Elementary School, Pinellas County Jail, and Hernando County Emergency Operations Center. He’s been around a long time and does great work! His attention to detail and proactive approach have earned him numerous awards and accolades.
In October 2000, soon after coming to APG, Ron was presented with an "All-Star Award" from The Diaz/Fritz Group, Inc. for his exceptional effort on the Northbay Heart & Vascular project. In January 2007, we were pleased to select Ron as Employee of the Month to recognize his professionalism, determination, and reliability.
Ron has been a wonderful person to work with, and he’s quick to share his abundance of electrical knowledge with our younger generation of apprentices and project managers. Senior Project Manager Anthony Ciquera described his experience as a young apprentice being brought into the office: “Ron was extremely busy but he always took the time to make sure I understood the task and helped me along the way... I have gained a ton of knowledge from Ron over the years and I knew I could always turn to him when I had a question. We will all miss Ron a great deal, but the knowledge he has left with the younger project managers is invaluable.” Our Vice President of Construction Bill Lavelle added: "They say: ‘You can't teach an old dog new tricks.’ Well, Ron is a perfect example that no matter how long your career has been, if you work hard and are committed to excellence, you can master new challenges. You can't replace someone like Ron. They don't make them like him anymore."
Ron has left memorable moments in the lives of everyone who had the privilege of working with him, and he’ll be greatly missed here at APG. Project Manager Matt Mendrala had this to say: "I have always been impressed with Ronny's skill as a PM. Our personalities complemented each other so well that I can never remember an angry word passed between us. We were each other's support during hard times, and comic relief at the right time when we needed to de-stress. He was 'Maverick,' and I was 'Goose.' I'm happy for him as he goes into retirement and looking forward to staying in touch with him as my good friend. Happy trails, Ronny Boy!"
We owe you a huge debt of gratitude, Ron, for your 22 years of hard work and dedication. Your APG family wishes you a long and happy retirement!