Executive Team

Ronald Hesse
Chairman & CEO

Before founding the HCI Group Ltd. (parent company of GlobalAutoIndustry.com) in 1996, Ronald Hesse was director of the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency Chicago office. He assisted more than 100 U.S. companies establish European operations and launched the agency’s automotive acquisition initiative, helping more than 20 automotive companies establish European operations.

Hesse spent 11 years in executive sales and marketing positions in the computer industry. He co-founded several high-tech companies that included Ocean Communications Inc., a business television and video production company backed by venture capital.

Hesse has a master’s degree in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona, and has a bachelor’s of science in international business management from Ferris State University. A native of the Netherlands, Hesse speaks Dutch, English and German.

Pete Rome
Vice President, Sales and Business Development

Peter is Vice President, Sales and Business Development, with two decades of experience working with Fortune 500 and other major companies.  Peter brings specialized competencies in areas of sales, marketing, business development, customer service, meetings, incentives, operations and behavioral sciences.

He has consulted with leaders to help them think broadly about change strategies that affect their competitive markets globally.  He has coached individuals and teams to deliver tools to improve performance and measurement.  His creative solutions for building partnerships across organizational boundaries have inspired people to achieve business results.

Peter has held positions of Training Director, Executive Consultant, Vice President of Sales, Entrepreneur and Independent Business Owner.  He has completed projects for General Electric, Goodyear, Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, Ford Motor Company, Dupont, Focus: HOPE, Chrysler, International Association of Conference Centers, University of Michigan and General Motors.

Peter has a bachelor’s of science degree in business from Miami University, and master’s degree in management and supervision from Central Michigan University.