26 Jun June 26, 2023 – Little Red Wagon Ron Simmons and Thomas Lee on Bruce Lee
Ron Simmons – Chairman of Retirement Advisors of America and Author of “Life Lessons from the Little Red Wagon: 15 Ways to Take Charge and Create a Path to Success.“
Our niche was managing money for retired airline pilots. It did not
start out that way, so one of the lessons to learn is to have somewhat
of an open mind because your business might change a little bit.
There are riches in the niches!
Ron Simmons is the Chairman of Retirement Advisors of America and Author of “Life Lessons from the Little Red Wagon: 15 Ways to Take Charge and Create a Path to Success“. In Life Lessons from the Little Red Wagon, Ron mines the depths of his triumphs and travels to provide a wealth of applicable insights – from his humble beginnings in the rural south to the heights of influence as an entrepreneur and finance executive. Simmons was the cofounder, chairman, and CEO of Retirement Advisors of America (RAA). RAA is a wealth management company and, at the time of its sale to another investment firm in 2019, managed over $3 billion for approximately two thousand retired commercial airline pilots from all the major airlines who resided in all fifty states and multiple foreign countries. The Honorable Ron Simmons served three terms in the Texas House of Representatives. He served on the Appropriations, Transportation, Elections, Homeland Security, and Business & Industry Committees while in the Texas House. In business, Ron was the cofounder, chairman, and CEO of Retirement Advisors of America (RAA). RAA is a wealth management company and, at the time of its sale to another investment firm in 2019, managed over $3 billion for approximately two thousand retired commercial airline pilots from all the major airlines who resided in all fifty states and multiple foreign countries. In 2019, Governor Greg Abbott appointed Ron as chairman of the board of Texas Mutual Insurance Company, an exclusive worker compensation insurance provider located in Texas with over $1 billion in annual revenue serving over seventy thousand companies located in Texas. Simmons is an advisor to the CEOs of The Heritage Foundation and the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Ron is the son of two public school teachers and has been married to his wife, Lisa, for more than forty years. He and Lisa have three children: Justin, an assistant US Attorney in the Justice Department; Daniel, who is on the autism spectrum and a fantastic artist and hard worker; and Allie Beth, a podcast host (Relatable), author, and speaker. Their crowning achievement, though, is their five grandchildren!
Thomas Lee – Writer/Editor of TheStreet Author of “The Bruce Lee Code: How the Dragon Mastered Business, Confidence, and Success”
The most successful people are innately curious. They have lots of things
going on, hobbies, side hustles, whatnot. Bruce Lee exhibited the same
attributes as other entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk.
Thomas Lee – Writer/Editor of TheStreet Author of “The Bruce Lee Code: How the Dragon Mastered Business, Confidence, and Success”. July 20, 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of Bruce Lee’s death, and Thomas Lee’s new book honors The Dragon, who was a brand before it was commonplace. THE BRUCE LEE CODE (April 2023) focuses on the business strategies prevalent in Lee’s life and the teachings that helped unlock his full potential. Bruce Lee’s attention to brand is a major reason why he continues to influence pop culture today. He was a brand well before it become commonplace. Through this book, readers will step into the Dragon’s mind and explore how he thought about business, life, and goals. Thomas Lee is a long-time business journalist who has written extensively about innovation and entrepreneurship for major daily newspapers like the San Francisco Chronicle, Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In 2013, he won the Gerald M. Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism, the top honor for business journalists. In 2014, Palgrave MacMillan published Rebuilding Empires: How Best Buy and Other Retailers are Transforming and Competing in the Digital Age of Retailing. He also serves as editorial director and lead curator for the We Are Bruce Lee exhibit at the Chinese Historical Society of America museum in San Francisco’s Chinatown. He is working with Shannon Lee, Bruce Lee’s daughter, who runs the Bruce Lee Foundation, to create a retrospective on Bruce Lee’s life and his impact on the current world.