Ron Salter In the spring of 1955, he learned that he was accepted to go straight from high school to the United States Military Academy at West Point. He was graduated in 1959. In September 1960, he married Ruth Harvard of Thomasville, Georgia. He took her to Fort Bliss at El Paso, Texas. Originally, in charge of the Nike Hercules missiles at McGregor Range, he later took over responsibility of all Nike sites at McGregor, which were used for annual service practice by all air defense sites in the U.S. and all NATO sites. In 1963, he was assigned to a unit supporting a French Air Force unit located in the French sector of Germany. Fluent in Spanish from his studies at West Point, be learned French. When promoted to Captain, he took over command of a unit supporting a German Bundeswehr unit located in Ingolstadt, Germany. Since the assignment was unusually sensitive, it required an officer to be present at all times. Soon he was fluent in German. On most nights, weekends and holidays, he studied economics, economic history, securities analysis, banking and finance with no goal in mind other than personal investments. In 1965, he resigned his commission and became a stockbroker in Tallahassee, Florida. After three years there, the firm asked him to become a securities analyst in Los Angeles. The family moved there in 1968. At the beginning of 1969, he began warning all the firm’s brokers on the weekly conference calls that stock market trends were decidedly lower. The dismal outlook was not isolated to stock prices. In mid 1970, just as he issued a bulletin that stock market levels and outlook had turned extremely favorable, the firm headed toward dissolution. In October 1970, Ron moved his family to Thomasville, Georgia where he took over a company formed for investing in stocks, real estate, and other business opportunities. In the mid-1970s, he began managing stock market portfolios for others. He formed Salter Asset Management, became a registered investment advisor and continues in this endeavor. After more than forty years in studying investments, Ron continues to find enjoyment in analyzing stocks and investment conditions and helping others.