Ronald "Ron" Chichester

Vice President-Technology

As Vice President – Technology, Ron leads the Company team in developing and managing the electronic infrastructure for the Company’s ventures.

Throughout his career, Ron has continually helped to define the forefront of technological developments.  Ron got his start in the aviation industry at McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing), where he worked as a hydraulic engineer on the AV-8B Harrier II, and then as a propulsion engineer on the F-15. Later, at General Dynamics (now Lockheed), Ron was a propulsion engineer in the Aerospace Technology Group, conducting thermodynamic engine cycle analysis and propulsion system performance for versions of the F-16 and then for the X-30, an experimental design.

After graduating from law school, Ron served as an adjunct professor of law at both South Texas College and the University of Houston College of Law, teaching courses on electronic commerce, computer crimes and intellectual property. As an early participant in the blockchain and cryptocurrency ecosystem, Ron worked in private practice to architect business IT infrastructure to take advantage of blockchain technology, drafting smart contracts, advising businesses regarding incorporation of business entities in states that allow blockchain-based LLCs, forensically analyzing sets of transactions with a virtual currency to determine money distribution, and advising companies how to protect blockchain applications with intellectual property rights. In 2018, he founded and served as Chair of the Blockchain and Virtual Currencies Committee for the State Bar of Texas and presented at various business law conferences focused on blockchain and Bitcoin, serving until 2022. He has also testified as an expert witness in multiple court cases involving more than $150 million in cryptocurrencies.

Ronald attended the University of Michigan where he received a Bachelor of Science in 1982. He received a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering in 1984 from the University of Houston. In 1991, Ronald received his Juris Doctorate with an emphasis on Intellectual Property and Computer Law from the University of Houston School of Law.