Ron put his business degree to good use after graduation, starting as a sale representative for a food broker (leaving in 2003 as an account executive). During his time with the company, he also purchased Spring Green Lawn Care with a partner and took sole ownership of it in 1992. In 2001, he looked into a new adventure and purchased Dentsmart Paintless Dent Repair. His business grew and was franchised in 2010. Now he is operating Dentsmart in 14 states.
While at Illinois State, Ron spent most of his time around sports when he wasn't in class. He also managed the year book as a member of Student Government Association.
Ron shares his talents and advice now with many College of Business (COB) students in various business classes throughout the year. He and his wife, Cathy, established the Ron and Cathy Whitton endowed scholarship program for business majors, the "Pay It Forward" College of Business endowed scholarship for a student involved with a COB Registered Student Organization, a marketing scholarship and an entrepreneur scholarship. Ron also serves on the COB Advisory Council and the MQM and Means Center advisory councils. He is a 2016-2017 COB Hall of Fame inductee.