We exist to foster change. At the Center for Effective School Operations - aka CESO - we create conditions where leaders like you can move their organizations toward greater effectiveness. With decades of education and business experience, our team comes to the table ready to listen, advocate for your district and look at every challenge through a lens of curiosity. Each step of the way, we'll help you Rethink Possible in positioning your school community for both immediate and future success.
Over twenty years ago, CESO started as a school transportation organization. Now we provide full-service consulting, management and staffing support across six key operational areas including transportation, human resources, communications, facilities, finance and technology. Our diverse team has brought a collaborative, energetic approach to effective solutions for more than 230 districts in the United States and Canada.
We believe great ideas are born from a persistently curious mind. We act with boldness to explore beyond the expected and rethink what's possible.
We believe the best solutions come from a collection of minds and experiences. People from different backgrounds help expand our perspective.
We believe in the power of authentic relationships - in being open, respectful and collaborative. We know an environment of trust cultivates thriving partnerships.
CESO is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota but our support stretches across the country and into Canada. Working throughout the U.S. and beyond has taught us that no two school communities are exactly alike, ensuring the solutions we develop are tailor-made to help grow and sustain the health of your district, specifically.
Our co-CEO model provides the best experience for clients and CESO employees by allowing two leaders with diverse skill sets to operate from their greatest strengths while making joint decisions. Ron Meyer's background in finance and operations combined with Ryan Stromberg's passion for people and work culture fosters an environment of effective performance, strong results and authentic relationships.
In addition to his senior leadership responsibilities as co-CEO, Ron Meyer also leads CESO's finance team providing consulting, management and staffing support for organizations across all areas of their business and finance departments.
With over 15 years of experience in finance and operations, he began his career in the education space in transportation operations. Since then, he's held several transportation leadership roles and has been a controller, CFO and COO at several districts across Minnesota. He currently serves on the Business Advisory Committee at Bethel University and has also served on the Eastern Carver County District School Board.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a Master of Business Administration from Bethel University. Prior to education, he owned and operated insurance businesses. He lives in Chaska, Minnesota with his wife, Erin, and their three children.
Ryan Stromberg brings 22+ years of comprehensive human resources experience to his current co-CEO role. In addition, he has been an executive leader in public education since 2007 and an executive coach for the past 10 years.
He received his master's degree in Organizational Development & Leadership from the University of St. Thomas, was past president of the Minnesota Association for School Personnel Administrators (MASPA) and formerly owned Walker Thomas Consulting.
Ryan is passionate about collaborating with district leaders to transformationally rethink what's possible for the education system. He lives in Medina, Minnesota with his wife, Katy, and their two sons.
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