Ron Gomes is Vice President, Strategic Alliances with HMSHost where he champions over 100 ACDBE partners generating $440M in revenues. In addition to being a licensed & degreed civil engineer, Ron holds an MBA from Babson College. Ron’s corporate experience includes development related positions with PepsiCo’s restaurant division and Marriott Hotels prior to joining HMSHost in 1996. Working up the ranks from Director to Sr. Director to Vice President over the last 22 years at HMSHost, Ron brings a unique perspective his current position having spent 5 years in Design & Construction, and another 6 years leading one of HMSHost’s Business Development teams to secure airport concessions contract throughout the U.S. including Boston, Tampa, Chicago, Anchorage and Honolulu. For the past decade, Ron has brought an analytical and business focus to HMSHost’s partnering efforts with diverse businesses, ensuring HMSHost’s industry-leading role in developing and promoting a successful M/W/DBE program.