Ronald R. Hawkins received a BSCE degree from the University of Arkansas in 1971. In 1980, he founded Hawkins – Weir Engineers, Inc., where he served as President until his retirement in 2012. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and Professional Surveyor in Arkansas. Since 2009, Ronnie has served as a member of the Arkansas State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors, on the Board of Trustees of the Fort Smith Regional Healthcare Foundation, and on the Board of Directors of The Degen Foundation. Ronnie is also currently on the Arkansas Community Healthcare Education Foundation. Ronnie and his wife, Dixie, are the parents of two sons, Jason and Bryan.