FOUNDER and PRESIDENT
Ron is a successful entrepreneur, business leader, and philanthropist. He has started and grown multiple businesses and charitable organizations, including the Princess Festival. He and is wife, Maurine, originally wanted a unique way to entertain their many, many grandchildren (32 girls!) in a fun, fairy-tale environment where they could instill good values and give each girl a greater purpose in their young lives. Thus the Princess Festival was born.
Ron also founded the charity In Our Own Quiet Way in 2002 which works to find long-term solutions in providing clean water to hurting communities in Africa. Ron has helped provide world awareness for Quiet Way by serving as an ambassador for water issues to leaders from Kenya, Senegal, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania. Among various projects in Kenya, Quiet Way mobilized resources to provide food to 10,000 Kenyans during the drought season. He has been recognized for his work in Kenya and other philanthropic leadership.
Previously he was co‐owner of Teel Construction, an industrial contracting company. For over 20 years, Ron served with the Boy Scouts of America—including district executive, assistant direct commissioner, and council chairman. He and his wife also produced an art exhibit in Germany, entitled “The Living Christ,” donating over $80,000 of limited edition, inspiring art to local families and individuals.
A Utah native, Ron holds B.S. degrees from Brigham Young University in Youth Leadership and Business Management. He also earned an MBA degree from Utah State University and served as an officer in the U.S. Army.
HOLLY SUE HATFIELD
Vice-President of Operations (and self-described ‘Winter Princess’)
Holly Sue has dedicated her passion, heart and spirit to the Princess Festival since its inception. She embodies the values and mission of the Organization, adopting a personal goal to help empower young girls to be their best selves, help others, and make a lasting difference in the world.
She currently is studying at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, putting into practice what she helps bring to our Princess Festival shows and experiences — dedication with great purpose.
Holly’s greatest adventure in life has been working as Executive Director of the non-profit “In Our Own Quiet Way” where she has helped the people of Kenya collect and store clean water for their communities. She holds two Bachelor degrees from Utah Valley University, one in Economics and the other in Business Administration/Marketing.
Director of Events and Operations (for the 2011 Holiday Shows)
Having been involved as a volunteer for over 3 years, with her children enjoying the great fun and adventure both as attendees and as characters guiding the shows, Laura continues to be a relied upon and well-loved resource for the Princess Festival organization.
Born and raised in New Jersey, she has been married now for 21 years and is a mother of five children in Utah County. Over the years she has given of her time to help organize events, chair committees, and help in her community as much as she is able. Laura has served for many years in the PTA and school community Councils. Currently she serves in a leadership role with Cub Scouting on local, district and scout council levels.
A graduate of Brigham Young University, she holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology.