What comes to your mind when you’re asked to think of a Chief Executive Officer who leads an industry-leading company? At PLEXSYS, many employees would smile when they think of its President and CEO, Ron “Opie” Wiegand.
Opie is a United States Air Force Veteran with over 27 years of experience as an Air Battle Manager, Weapons Officer, LVC Training Expert, and Commander. His military and civilian experiences speak for themselves regarding professional success. In tandem with that, Opie’s kindness and respect for others at all levels are what helps PLEXSYS navigate and conquer the Modeling and Simulation Industry.
Whether it’s passing an employee in the halls of the PLEXSYS Headquarters in Camas, Washington, or fostering a new business collaboration at one of the many tradeshows he attends, Opie is well-liked and respected.
At the end of the day, though, Opie enjoys many things in life just like us: his family, freedom, and the pursuit of happiness. PLEXSYS asked Opie to share a few of his favorite things and one thing he thinks every aspiring leader should know. Check it out!
PLEXSYS: What is your favorite thing about working for PLEXSYS?
Opie: “Without a doubt, it is working with our amazing people across the globe… our teams are customer-focused, extremely capable, fully committed, and always innovative… simply the best.”
PLEXSYS: What is your favorite movie and book?
Opie: “My favorite movie is High Road to China; my wife and I watched it on our first date–I won my wife’s heart from Tom Selleck. My favorite book is the Bible; it provides good news every day.”
PLEXSYS: What is your favorite snack?
Opie: “Large popcorn with light butter and salt.”
PLEXSYS: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Opie: “Filling it with family, friends, food, adventure, travel, and anything outdoors.”
PLEXSYS: Where is your favorite place that you traveled to?
Opie: “That’s an unfair question for somebody who is working through the thousand must-see places before you die…I would have to say Lucerne, Switzerland.”
PLEXSYS: What is one piece of advice you’d give to someone who wanted to become a leader?
Opie: “Serve others with integrity, vision, your best effort, and genuine care… oh ya, and admit when you fall short.”
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