Mr. Ronald Emerson McAdams, MBA, is a founding and active member of the Board of Directors for VVHA.  After 25 years as a CEO in start-ups, middle market operating companies, and turn-around situations, McAdams is now devoting his time to the advisory business, McAdams Advisory Partners (MAP180), conducting comprehensive situation assessment of leveraged operating companies.  In addition, MAP180 provides operating and financial restructuring advice, operating assistance, and oversight of fund raising, merger and acquisition activities.

McAdams has broad business experience, serving since 1979 as President, CEO, or Chairman of a number of companies, both private and public. He has founded over 10 companies, ranging from high technology companies in Silicon Valley to a natural meat company in Billings, MT. In his early career McAdams worked in corporate finance for two Fortune 500 companies in the energy and chemical markets, ending as Treasurer of Raychem, Inc. in 1979. He started his first company after leaving Rachem, resulting in an IPO in 1984.

This company and a number of other companies he founded were in the medical technology field, an area where he has extensive experience. In 1986 he became Chairman and CEO of a public medical company, leading a turn-around that advanced the stock price from $1.50 to $21.50 before resigning to move to Montana in 1991. Soon after that he bought a company that he relocated to Montana. He sold that company in 2006. McAdams has also taught Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management at the university level, including being Executive Entrepreneur in Residence at Montana State University for four years. McAdams has a BS from the University of Evansville and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School, where he was a Joseph Wharton Fellow. Prior to receiving his degrees he was in the military, working first at several Naval Hospitals before being assigned to Alpha Company, 1stBattalion1stMarines, in Vietnam, as a medical corpsman with the USMC. In September 1966 he attended the Intensive Vietnamese Language Program in Danang, Vietnam. And, in January 1967 he received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star with Combat “V” for Valor.