Ron L. James

Ron L. James grew up in West Philadelphia, where a series of poor choices throughout his teens and young adulthood sent him down a slippery slope.

First selling and then using drugs, Ron spent twenty-five years in and out of prison while battling addictions to alcohol, prescription drugs, heroin and crack cocaine. He built a mile-long rap sheet, lived the fast life across several states, but when he finally ran out of second chances, Ron’s journey had only just begun. Embracing his faith, he committed to the hard work of turning his life around. 

A series of mentors stuck by Ron, first in prison and then as he transitioned back into society. He has rewarded their investment in him with a new life as a published author, motivational speaker and mentor/life coach to those facing that same temptations that once threatened to destroy him. 

Ron travels the country and is invited to schools, colleges, and law enforcement agencies, rehab facilities, and prisons to tell his story and spread his message: make your next choice your best choice. 


Jeff Bortner


Jeffrey L. Bortner met Ron through his longtime friendship with Ron's wife Annie. He was touched by Ron's story and after many years of running a successful business, JLB Engineering, he was at a point in his life where he wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. He became a trusted friend and mentor to Ron and is a driving force behind the establishment of the Your Choice Foundation. 

The Your Choice Foundation was founded by Ron and Jeff to support Ron's efforts to deliver a message of hope, love and faith that inspires and motivates people around the country to make their next choice their best choice.

"The movie was inspiring. Choices determine everything." - Student from Burlington County New Jersey
"Ron's story was amazing, I loved it. I related to it alot. It had a tremendous impact on me" -Trinity
"Ron didn't just turn his life around; he also inspire others to do the same. It really does make a diffrence. So thank you for that Ron." -Kanda
"Ron was funny and kind and his speech helped me by giving me some advice that I've been looking for." -Jane
“Ron was transparent and reflected on his own life and the choices he made, thus bringing encouragement and hope to those struggling with hurts, habits, and hang-ups.” –Tracy
“Our students took the information from the presentation and applied it to their own lives and experiences. There is no doubt that because of the presentation by Mr. James our students are thinking about a choice prior to acting on it.” –Newfound Memorial Middle School
“My son rarely expounds on his school day. His response is usually simply ‘good’ when asked how was your day? Today was different. Thank you for a different day Ron. May God continue to bless you!” –Marla
"I believe a person’s energy introduces them before you even have a conversation. Ron James is the real deal; he lights up the room. He cares about kids and making the world a better place.” –Montessori Academy
“I learned that it is possible to change a person’s ways in a matter of seconds, and that anything is possible as long as you have your mind in the right path. Thank you so much Ron for giving me the right ideas and showing me what roads I should and shouldn’t go down.” –Annemarie
“Through the thumbs up, thumbs down method, I was able to determine that your story impacted 99% of our students and 100% of our staff, including me. Keep up the good work, brother. You are changing lives.” –Dalton