Ron Patel became an entrepreneur by forming “Just Dine In” with his long time high school friend Jared Thrapp in 2006. The company delivered meals from restaurants all around the west coast. After merging with Delivered Dish in early 2014 and a couple of acquisitions later, the company then serviced 7 metropolitan areas around the United States in the states of Oregon, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Texas. During his time in the restaurant delivery industry, Ron served for 4 years as President of the Restaurant Marketing & Delivery Association, an international non-profit trade association dedicated to growing the restaurant delivery industry. After almost ten years of active involvement in the industry, Publicly traded Grub Hub purchased delivered Dish in late 2015 and Ron subsequently exited the business.
In 2013, in following his #1 passion in life, (Soccer) Ron co-founded the minor league soccer team, Albuquerque Sol FC. The Sol play in the the 70+ team Premier Developmental League (PDl) of the United Soccer Leagues. (USL) The team has grown consistently each and every year of it’s existence (much like Ron’s food delivery business did) and has aspirations to rise into the Professional Ranks of the United States soccer system. Along with this project, will come a highly coveted downtown soccer stadium that Ron has talked about since the beginning of the Sol.
In January of 2014, Ron became a published author by publishing a book entitled “That’s When It Hit Me. How to take an idea from a cocktail napkin to reality.”
Ron helps serve his community on several volunteer boards & committees, namely as the President of Young Professionals of Albuquerque, a non-profit group devoted to growing the future leaders of Albuquerque.
Ron is married to the love of his life, Isabelle, and lives with his wife and their two children!