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Ronald Emerson Everett Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Mr. Everett has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the defense industry

    NORTH OLMSTEAD, OH, August 22, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Ronald Emerson Everett with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Mr. Everett celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

An acclaimed industry professional, Mr. Everett followed two career paths, one in his civilian capacity and one with the military, each of which will be described separately. Prior to embarking on his career, Mr. Everett earned a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio University in Athens in 1959, subsequently enhanced with additional courses at Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio in support of his employment as a financial reporter for Dun and Bradstreet Corp. for six years.

In 1967, Mr. Everett began a storied career with the Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, now the Glenn Research Center, part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, serving as a Launch Vehicle Program Analyst from 1967 until 1970, a Contract Price Analyst and negotiator from 1970 to 1985 and Chief of the Contract Support Branch from 1985 to 1986. He went on to become Chief of the Launch Vehicle Procurement Branch from 1986 to 1988, managing the procurements of Atlas, Centaur and Titan launch vehicles and their supporting contracts. At the end of 1988 all launch vehicle procurements were moved the Florida. He subsequently became Chief of the Space Systems Branch, managing the procurement of experiments for flight on the Space Shuttle and Space Station from 1988 until 1996. The procurement of Grants and Cooperative Agreements for the Glenn Research Center and three other NASA Centers were added to his Branch in 1996, changing his title to Chief, Space Systems and Grants Branch which he held until his retirement in 2004. For a number of years, Mr. Everett was the organizer of the Center's Suggestion Award Program in which he solicited suggestions and analyzed them for monetary savings and determined amount of award.

There are several career highlights that are worthy of special mention. As an experienced price analyst and negotiator, he became aware of a weakness in the manner in which Center engineers performed their evaluations of price proposals. After searching for procedures used by other centers and other government agencies, he concluded that such procedures did not exist. He then proceeded to write a new Agency Manual, Lewis Handbook 5115.2, "Technical Analysis of Cost Proposals." It was recognized by the Agency and copies provided to other centers and agencies as well.

With a plethora of knowledge at his disposal, Mr. Everett had several writings published, not the least of which was an essay titled, "Cost Accounting Standards: Boon or Burden?" which was published in the National Contract Management Journal and subsequently selected by Federal Publications, Inc. as one of the top ten legal articles of the year and reprinted in their Yearbook of Procurement Articles.

In 1984, Congress passed a new law, known as the "Commercial Space Launch Act" that had a major impact on the procurement of space launches. Up until this point, the Government bought launch vehicles from contractors and they were launched by the government. The new Act directed that this was to cease and henceforth the government was to by launch services, not hardware. This presented a major problem for NASA and the Airforce. The ultimate procedure to accomplish this was developed by Mr. Everett, but there was an additional problem that remained. In the case of Glenn Research Center, they already owned some 360 million dollars of launch vehicle hardware. In what became known as the "Trade and Barter," Mr. Everett was able to design a process through which all of this hardware was traded to the various contractors in exchange for launch services and got the various approvals necessary to have it implemented.

In recognition of his outstanding performance over the years, Mr. Everett received over 100 awards and recognitions from NASA but this represented only half of his career. One might say that his military career began while he was still in college. As a Freshman he joined the ROTC program and became a member of the Pershing Rifles Honorary Fraternity where he became the "Best Drilled Pledge" out of about 150 pledges. He went on to hold key positions of responsibility, becoming Commander as a senior, a member of the Scabbard and Blade Honorary Fraternity and a Distinguished Military Graduate upon receiving his Army Reserve Commission.

In 1960, 2Lt. Everett attended the Officer Basic Course at Ft. Benning, GA where he placed eighth out of about 200 officers in his company. This was followed by becoming the Executive Officer of a training company at Ft. Knox, KY. Upon returning to part time status, he became the Security Platoon Leader and Supply Officer for the Headquarters of the 83d Infantry Division. With the Division dissolved at the end of 1965, he became an intelligence Officer in the 350th Psychological Operations Company until 1974 at which time he became the Assistant Logistics Operations Office for the 169th Support Group until 1976. It was during this time that he had an outstanding mentor that shaped the rest of his career.

From 1976 until 1980 Mr. Everett was the Logistics Operations Officer for the Group where he was able to capitalize on the earlier mentorship. The most challenging period of his military career began in 1980 when he was selected to command a newly designated 319th Petroleum Battalion, holding the highest priority of any unit in Ohio. The unit had previously been a transportation battalion and no one knew anything about petroleum. Mr. Everett immediately enrolled in some petroleum courses and personally wrote all of the Standing Operating Procedures for both peacetime and wartime operations. At the end of three years, in 1983, he successfully conducted the largest petroleum operations exercise ever performed in the U.S. What made these years even more challenging was that in addition to having a full-time civilian job, he was also enrolled in the Army War College, graduating in the Class of 1984.

Mr. Everett was promoted to Colonel in 1984 and selected to command the 169th Support Group from 1985 until 1988. During this latter command he made fifteen trips to Germany. He found that the active duty folks in Germany, who would normally write the wartime logistics plans for the defense of Central Germany, were not familiar with the organizational structure of Army Reserve and National Guard units. As a result, the plans were written by Mr. Everett and approved by the 5th Corps Commander.

Among other medals and ribbons, Mr. Everett was honored for his military service with a Legion of Merit, a Meritorious Service Medal with six oakleaf clusters and the Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster.

It should be noted that for the last ten years of Reserve duty, a typical day consisted of going to his civilian job for eight hours, coming home for supper and returning to his office to work on Reserve activity until midnight or later. Weekends were usually filled with regular drills or visiting subordinate units. According to Mr. Everett, the only reason he was able to accomplish what he did was because of the support provided through all the years by his truly extraordinary wife, Nancy.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Ronald Everett has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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