First & Last Name Ron Handke
Company Black Hills Energy
Title/Occupation Business Development – Account Manager – Residential
Phone 402-689-7817
Tell us about your family. Maureen, my high school sweetheart and wife. We have two daughters: Molly and Erin; sons-in-law: David and Stephen and grandkids: Jack, Maddie and Ronnie. We spend a lot of time together as we all live in the Omaha Area. I know how lucky that is for us in this day and age!!
What would be the theme song of your life right now? “No Place Like Nebraska”
What are you currently reading or listening to?  “Villages Newcomers” YouTube Channel
Name a recent movie you watched that blew you away? The Greatest Game Ever Played
What are you currently binge watching? “Funzzles” – Brain teaser
Best restaurant you’ve ever been to? Chop House
If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? Pizza
Favorite place you’ve traveled? Grand Teton National Park
What did you want to be when you grew up? Home Builder
Where are you from? Where did you go to school? Omaha – Beals Elementary, Norris Jr High – Central High (just attended my 50th high school reunion) – UNL
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? I played in the Cornhusker Marching Band and now play in the Alumni Band each year. I still get Husker Bumps marching in front of 80,000+ fans at halftime!!!
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done? I rode a 350 Honda Motorcycle from Omaha to Yellowstone National Park when I was in college.
What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life? Sketching / Drawing. I plan on doing it a lot more when I retire
If you could have a super power, what would it be? Ability to snap my fingers to make everyone HEALTHY and make the world peaceful and safe for everyone!!!
When you’re not working, how do you enjoy spending your time? Anything and everything with my family and golfing with my buddies. We have been a foursome since Jr High!!!
Who is someone who’s made a big impact on your life? Why? My daughters. They are so beautiful inside and out and sooo smart. They are always there for Maureen and me !!!
If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would it be and why? Steve Stricker – I would love to see what it would be like to dominate the PGA Champions Tour.
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? Tom Osborne. I just missed my chance a couple of years ago…he was leaving Burger King when I was arriving.
What do you/did you love the most about your job? The PEOPLE !!!!
What experiences and past roles have led you to where you are today? My BS Degree in Construction Management from UNL has afforded me opportunities in Commercial and Residential construction. Those experiences provided me with a great background for my role with Black Hills Energy as a Residential and Commercial – Business Development Representative
What career advice do you live by? Who gave it to you? “Treat your customers as you want to be treated.” — Sherman McKinney – PDM Corporation (my mentor)
If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be? Why? Walter Parazaider – saxophone player for and founding member of the band, CHICAGO. I got to meet him once. My favorite sax player of all time!!!
What’s one skill you’d like to develop or sharpen this year? I always think I can improve my golf game ???!!!???!!!???!!!???!!!???!!!???
What are your future goals and aspirations for your career? Mentor the YOUNG folks in the business. There is a LOT to the Natural Gas Industry. We all learn every day!!
How long have you been a member of HBAL? BHE has been a member since its inception!!! Our company prides itself on collaboration with our customers and support allies.
How has your career benefited from being a member of HBAL? Excellent vehicle for contacts that are so important to business development and growth.
What is your favorite HBAL event and why? I remember always eating Ruth Hietbrink’s chili for the contest. She makes the BEST chili!
Any tips or advice for new HBAL members? Stay as involved as you can. It will pay dividends 10 fold.

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