May 15, 2002

Ronald D. Stroud Joins RealMetros

Hollywood, Florida Ronald D. Stroud has joined the staff of, Inc. (RealMetros), the multi-million-dollar hospitality-oriented contextual commerce firm in Hollywood, Florida. As associate content producer, Stroud researches and executes special projects aimed at furthering the diversification and expansion of the RealMetros family of websites.

"Ron brings vital skills and viewpoints to RealMetros," said Scott Rogers, vice president. "He is a world traveler who recognizes that which is unique, authentic and off the beaten paths of the world. A voracious researcher with extensive training in many fields, if information exists, Ron will find it. His contributions will ensure RealMetros continues to provide accurate, inclusive and cutting-edge information for our members."

A Detroit, Michigan, native, Stroud began his studies as a math and natural sciences major, but ultimately earned a bachelor of arts in literature from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg in 1971, then a master of library science from Emory University in Atlanta in 1972. He currently is enrolled in the master of information technology program, pursuing a second master's degree, at American Inter-Continental University in Plantation.

Stroud has been a law librarian since 1972. Prior to joining RealMetros, he held a series of increasingly responsible posts at the law library of Nova Southeastern University. When he joined Nova in 1981, computers did not exist in the library. During his time there, Stroud initiated and oversaw the computerization of the law library's operations. He was promoted to university-wide library systems administrator, responsible for nine libraries, and served as a member of the NSU Libraries executive board. Stroud managed the implementation of the university's integrated online library system, which resulted in the integration of nine campus libraries into a single entity with shared database and university-wide library services.

RealMetros attracts more than two million unique visitors each month, and has captured as much as one percent of the total on-line hotel reservations market during the course of the past two years. RealMetros stands at the forefront of the legal battle to end digital piracy. For more information, contact Scott Rogers, (954) 981-5850.