Ron Dukes

'12 VSB
'13 MAC

Consultant, Verizon Communications

Favorite class at VSB and why?

I may be on an island with my favorite class, but I loved the Intermediate Accounting classes! Having a semester-long simulation to complement the sometimes dense accounting material provided me with a practical application for the course content. Best of all, my professors took an unusual pride in bringing the goofy characters of the simulation to life to the enjoyment (and sometimes torture) of the class. Overall, the course met its mark in teaching the necessary information, but the course exceeded all expectations by making the information relevant to the students and teaching some valuable professional lessons about client service!

Most important thing you learned?

The most important thing I learned at VSB and Villanova as a whole was the intrinsic value of relationships. My success as a student would have been grossly limited were it not for the faculty and students there to help me understand ideas and concepts from class. Likewise, the relationships maintained with the business world, inter-campus departments and students across campus were instrumental and interdependently necessary for the success of the student organizations I participated in and led. The importance of relationships is not lost in the business world or life post-graduation. Understanding the needs of my clients, being sensitive to the needs of my employers and communicating my ambitions has been a time-tested recipe for adding value and living a fulfilling life! Desmond Tutu summarizes it best: “The truth of who we are is that we are because we belong.” Accordingly, I’ve learned to be attuned and responsive to the needs of the great people by which I’m surrounded; you will share in that greatness and your legacy will be regarded with a warm admiration by a continually expanding network!

Favorite Villanova memory?

My favorite Villanova memory has to be during my freshman year on the night when Scottie Reynolds and the Wildcat basketball team won a nail-biter to send us to the Final Four! All I remember is hearing the roar across campus and celebrating with all my Wildcats in the Connelly Center!

What are you currently reading?

About the Night by Anat Talshir

Where to find Ron

Verizon Communications