About Ron Ward

About Ron Ward

Ron Ward is the author of the Amazon best seller, The Dirty Side of Leadership, speaker, and founder and CEO of 4Ward Operations (Leadership Coaching). He previously served as the Academy Director of the Federal Probation and Pretrial Services Academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Charleston, South Carolina. Ron also oversaw the US Probation and Pretrial National Wellness Committee. As academy director, Ron was responsible for training all newly hired U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officers, and the certification and recertification of the agency’s firearms, safety, and search team instructors.

Ron previously served as Chair of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation Board of Directors (FLETA) from August 2012 through September 2014, which included all major federal law enforcement agencies in the United States.

Ron began his law enforcement career as a deputy sheriff and later becoming a state probation and parole officer and, finally, a U.S. Probation Officer, where he served for 14 years. Prior to being named Academy Director, Ron was a section chief and taught defensive tactics, along with several other courses, at the academy.

Ron is a former USA/AAU East Coast Karate Silver Medalist and qualified for the US Karate Team. Ron holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Emory and Henry College, Emory, Virginia, and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Mountain State University, Beckley, West Virginia

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About Ron Ward

Ron Ward

Founder & CEO

Ron is the founder of 4Ward Operations – Author of the Amazon best selling book, The Dirty Side of Leadership, Leadership Coach and Trainer. He is a former Federal Law Enforcement Academy Director and former chair of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation board of directors.

Ron is also a former USA/AAU East Coast Karate Silver Medalist and qualified for the US Karate Team.

Kristin Sokoloff

Corporate Trainer / Podcast Co-Host

Kristin is a former Bank Leader, with 20 years’ experience in leading teams to deliver excellence within Retail Banking and Operations Management.

Campaign Manager for a local political candidate in the 2022 midterm elections and moderator of the Oregon Gubernatorial midterm election debate.

Host of a national talk show discussing current events, policy, health and leadership with highly accredited guests. Co-host of The Dirtyside of Leadership PODCAST with Ron Ward.

Gary Tucker

marketing director

Gary Tucker is an experienced entrepreneur and digital media professional based in Charleston, SC. He is the owner of Palmetto Media Company, a web development and digital marketing agency.  With a passion for technology and a keen eye for detail, Gary has spent over a decade honing his skills in web development, content creation, UGI content, and social media services.

He has built a reputation as a reliable and innovative digital marketing professional works closely with clients to create custom web development solutions that meet their unique needs. He also specializes in content creation, including UGI content, which is a highly effective way to engage audiences and drive conversions.

Ross Swope


Ross Swope rose through the ranks of the Metropolitan Police Department, starting as a uniform patrolman and progressing up through the ranks in both uniform and investigative positions, retiring as a Deputy Chief with a command of over 400. Along the way he earned three Master’s Degrees, fromJohns Hopkins, The American University and Cambridge in the U. K. Ross Swope was also selected as one of only two police officers in the U. S. in 1999, to be awarded as a Fulbright Scholar, where he spent almost a year in the U. K. working with Scotland Yard. (Click to Continue)

Lisa Muggeo

Special Projects

Lisa is a dynamic trainer, educator and coach who develops, implements, and facilitates educational programs that improve learning and professional development for students, teachers and clients.

Haley Ridley

Finance / Bookkeeper

Haley Ridley, Haley has an MBA in business and several years of experience in finance management.

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