Director, Board of Directors, Past President, 2017-2018, for Estrella Warbirds Museum
Ren was born in Pensacola, FL where his dad was a Navy flight instructor. The next several years were spent in California followed by three years in Japan (NAS Atsugi). The family then moved to Northern Virginia where graduated from high school and college (The American University).
After attending the College of William and Mary, Ren graduated with a J.D. in 1977; he’s a member of the Virginia State Bar. Ren then spent the next 26 years with CIA which included assignments in South Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. He was promoted to the Senior Intelligence Service in 1996. Ren’s last active duty assignment was service as the DCI’s Representative in Los Angeles. Upon retirement in 2003, he was awarded the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal.
Ren then joined PhaseOne Communications in Los Angeles which used a proprietary analytical methodology (originally developed by the Political Warfare Executive during WW II) to forecast target audience response to communications. During the next nine years, Ren grew a company of 11 employees to 70 and increased revenues ten-fold. In February 2012 PhaseOne was acquired by a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, and Ren and his wife Toni relocated to the Central Coast.
Ren and Toni now live on ten acres southwest of Paso Robles. Older son Chris works for the Regional Transit Authority and makes guitar effects pedals. Younger son Tim is a reporter for NBC News. Tim, wife Freda, and their two kids Roxie and Felix live aboard a 50 foot trawler berthed in Alameda.