Ron Kitchens

President & CEO of Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA) | Gibson Board of Advisors
Ron Kitchens


Ron’s focus is to lift up leaders by accelerating their impact, influence and well-being in career, family and community. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Birmingham Business Alliance. 

Kitchens previously served as Senior Partner and CEO of Southwest Michigan First, a privately funded, economic development consulting corporation focused on job growth, leadership development and community change in the Southwest Michigan region, where he has been since 2005. During his tenure with Southwest Michigan First, the organization has been recognized by Fast Company, Outside and INC magazines for its leadership and received the Global Innovators Award from the International Asset Managers Association. 

Ron is the founder of the leadership conference Catalyst University and the co-founder of NEXT, an invitation-only leadership symposium for global economic development leaders. He previously served on the staff of U.S Senator John Danforth, and he was an elected Alderman at age 21.

Ron is author/co-author of three books, including the bestseller Community Capitalism and speaks globally on leadership, creating thriving, engaged, multi-generational teams and entrepreneurial cultures, and his new book Uniquely You will be released in 2019.