As part of the 48th Annual CASE Convention, CASE will be celebrating a few of its outstanding 2016-17 members, including our National and Departmental Award Winners. We hope you'll join us in celebrating them!


2017 DBO Distinguished Service Award
~ Ron Patera ~

  Ron Patera served as the president of the Department of Business Officials (DBO), one of CASE's seven departments, for the 2016-2017 year. He is also currently serving  the community of Elizabeth C-1 as their Director of Finance, where he has worked for 13 years. Thank you, Ron, for all that you do for Colorado's students! Join us in celebrating this outstanding school finance leader!

What is your proudest moment or accomplishment as a school leader?
My proudest moment was turning around the fiscal Titanic that existed in Elizabeth when I started in 2004.


What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess?
Maybe not a characteristic, but I believe every leader should continuously be trying to find ways to bring value to the organization and not necessarily that is within their job description.


What is your favorite destination in Colorado?
My favorite destination in Colorado is the 80 acres in Aguilar where we are going to retire.


This award will be selected by the DBO in spring 2018. To learn more about getting involved with this department contact 


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