Ron Putzi

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Coached by Bill Disbrow at Richmond High School, Ron captained the Super Colts to the Provincial Championships in 1987 and 1988. Ron ‘Putzi’ was selected MVP of those 1988 Provincials and subsequently named BC Junior Male Athlete of the year. That same year he scored a famed tournament record; 61 points in the final of the Vancouver College tournament. He was later honoured as a member of The Province newspaper’s all-time “Dream Team”.  Ron received an NCAA Division 1 scholarship to play for New Mexico State University where the Aggies became Big West Conference Champions, received 4 NCAA Tournament bids, and reached The Sweet 16 in 1992.Ron graduated from New Mexico State University with a BA degree in Finance & International Business. (Hon. Econ).In the Aggies’ off season, Ron played two summers with the Canadian National (FISU) Team. He played in the World Basketball League, NBA Summer League, and received the silver medal at the World University Games in Sheffield, England.Ron played professional basketball for 10 years in Europe – specifically Switzerland – where his teams reached 7 National Finals, winning the Swiss National Championship in 2000. Along with being the nations top scorer while winning the Canada Games gold medal, he played in the Magic Johnson Pepsi All-Star game in Zurich, Switzerland 1998. (Ron scored 10 points, while Johnson scored 22).Later, coaching alongside 2x Olympian Howard Kelsey & Q.C. Wally Oppal, (Att. Gen. of BC) Ron won a Gold medal at the World Police & Fire Games.

In 2015, Ron became a Basketball BC Hall of Fame nominee.

Ron has traveled to 42 countries and can converse in English, French, Italian, German, and Swiss German.

Ron joined (Scotiabank) – ScotiaMcLeod’s training program in 2005 and for the 3 years he was there, he was ranked “Top of his Class- Nationally”, earned 3 annual national achievement awards and in 2006 was nominated Rookie of the Year. Ron worked as an investment executive with Haywood Securities (2008-2013).