Debbie Harvey to Step Down as President of Ron Jon Surf Shop, Michele Goodwin Selected as Successor

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Goodwin will assume her new role on May 1, 2021

Debbie Harvey, President and COO of Ron Jon Surf Shop since 2008, plans to retire May 1 but will continue as a member of the Ron Jon Board of Directors. (Image for Space Coast Daily)

Debbie Harvey plans to retire but will remain on the Ron Jon Board of Directors

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – Ron Jon Surf Shop announced that Michele Goodwin, currently Vice President of Retail Operations and Human Resources, has been selected as Ron Jon Surf Shop’s next company President and COO.

Goodwin will assume her new role on May 1, 2021. Debbie Harvey, President and COO of Ron Jon Surf Shop since 2008, plans to retire but will continue as a member of the Ron Jon Board of Directors.

“Michele has played an integral role in the daily operations and the growth of the Ron Jon brand,” Harvey said.

“She has over three decades at Ron Jon Surf Shop with extensive experience in operations, human resources, new store development and management oversight.

“This is a much-deserved promotion and I, the founders Ron and Lynne DiMenna, the Ron Jon Board of Directors and the rest of the Ron Jon team look forward to the future growth of the company under her leadership.”

Ron Jon Surf Shop announced that Michele Goodwin, currently Vice President of Retail Operations and Human Resources, has been selected as Ron Jon Surf Shop’s next company President and COO.

As president of Ron Jon Surf Shop, Goodwin will oversee operations of the Ron Jon stores, facilities and licensees, as well as planning for future store and brand expansion.

“I am truly honored to be named President and COO of Ron Jon Surf Shop,” Goodwin said.

“Debbie has done an amazing job growing the Ron Jon brand over the years. I look forward to working with the Ron Jon team in my new capacity and in honoring our history while solidly looking to the future.

Ron Jon Surf Shop was founded in 1959 on the New Jersey shore out of an appreciation for the sport of surfing and the flagship store in Cocoa Beach is the world’s largest surf shop. (Image courtesy of Robert Overton, State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/89673)

Ron Jon Surf Shop was founded in 1959 on the New Jersey shore out of an appreciation for the sport of surfing and the flagship store in Cocoa Beach is the world’s largest surf shop.

“The Original” Ron Jon Surf Shop opened in Long Beach Island, N.J. in 1961, and the lifestyle-apparel and board-sports-equipment retailer has since opened stores in Orlando, Fort Myers, Key West, Panama City Beach, Clearwater Beach, Pensacola Beach, Fla., as well as in Ocean City, Md., Orange Beach, Ala. and Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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