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Ron Kempkers
VP of Operations and Development/Owners Representative

Ron is the Vice President of Operations and Development, as well as the Owners Representative for International Residence Hall.  Ron is responsible for all aspects of new facility development from inception to student resident move in.  He also oversees the IRH operations team to maximize process, procedure, and financial efficiency.  Ron is passionate about ensuring a culture built on trust, mutual respect, comradery, and teamwork.

Ron started his construction career more than 20 years ago in the world of concrete where he quickly expanded into framing and finish carpentry, then into General Contracting where he became a licensed General Contractor in 7 states.  Ron has been successful in all levels of management from single offices, to regions, to divisional territories with hundreds of personnel under his guidance and leadership.  With no challenge too big or small, Ron prides himself on always being the “Go to” person to solve a problem.

Ron owes his drive and discipline to succeed from being a veteran of the United States Marine Corp.  He started in infantry, then went on to the Fleet Anti-terrorist Strike team, and ended his career in personal security for a high-ranking military official and his family.

When not working, Ron’s world revolves around his wife of 27 years, their son and their bulldog, usually on a golf course in the summer or snowmobile in the winter.

“The people here are so kind they make me feel like I’m home. i work all day and its nice to come to friendly face and fun events that go on.”

Carlos Robledo


“IRH is very professional yet so much like a family, you treat us so nicely and always greet me with a good morning and a smile. The cleanliness is aways good so fresh and nice. it’s a friendly and welcoming environment. We are treated so well at IRH with such trustworthy staff.”

Ann Marie Charlton


“IRH Pigeon Forge has given me many chances to meet new people and cultural exchange by learning a 3rd language, trying food from different countries, and promoting my country (Jamaica). I also had a great opportunity like getting to play soccer for Tornado FC.  My most special moment was when I joined the International Angels and I truly have enjoyed being apart of and giving back to the local communities. IRH is my Home Away From Home.”

Ricardo Smith


“I am happy to be staying at IRH. It’s a comfortable place to live and the people at the front desk are friendly. I enjoy having a kitchen that we can use 24 hours a day.”

Licelot Carrasco Guerrero

Dominican Republic

“IRH is a great experience, the building is so clean and brand new. The best part is the teamwork. The people, they are wonderful and so friendly. They are great, I always get a greeting when I see the staff at the front desk.”

Warren Pujols

Dominican Republic

“I have met a lot of new people here. I love being able to cook and hangout with my new friends in big spaces like the common areas and outside in the courtyard. Also IRH is right near my workplace so I don’t have far transportation. I like being here a lot.”

Jirameth Kittavornsakul