As a child, Ron Vickery watched his father create beautiful and exact walls out of bricks. This continued in the same industry of the family which for generations mined a stone quarry in Colorado. In addition to his work as a brick and block layer, Ron's father loved to create things with his hands, including furniture, beautiful paintings, wood carvings, and even the house Ron grew up in. Ron grew up learning how to fix or build anything under the watchful eyes of his father. Entering college, Ron knew he would follow in his father's footsteps in something related to building. Upon the advice of his dad, Ron decided to pursue civil engineering at the University of Minnesota. (Go Gophers!!!)
Fast forward 20 years... Ron spent 10 years training and working as a Geotechnical Engineer at two geotechnical consulting/materials testing firms in the Twin Cites, learning the intricacies of working with soil. He then moved to one of the premier segmental retaining wall firms in the United States, analyzing and designing retaining wall systems, as well as training other engineers, architects, and contractors in the complexities of retaining walls. After almost 10 years creating designs that held up earth all over the world, his position was eliminated in 2007. That was a great transition point for Ron. After a short job search surfaced the only viable retaining wall engineering position to be found over a thousand miles away from Minnesota, he decided to go out on his own, starting the new adventure of VEC. He has never looked back!