Ren was born in Pensacola, FL where his Dad was a flight instructor. The next several years were spent in California because Ren Jr. was West Coast Navy. This was followed by three years in Japan (NAS Atsugi) and then onto Northern Virginia. Ren graduated from high school in Fairfax County, Virginia followed by college at the American University, Washington, DC where he matriculated cum laude with a degree in anthropology and a minor in linguistics and archeology.
Renold "Ren" Stelloh III
Ren attended law school at the College of William and Mary and was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1977. While waiting for a security clearance for employment in the Office of the General Counsel, US Army Corps of Engineers, Ren was offered employment by the Directorate of Operations (DO) at CIA. Ren, with his wife Toni and sons Chris and Tim, embarked on a global adventure for the next 26 years including field assignments in Madras, New Delhi, Frankfurt, Cairo, and Los Angeles. Ren's HQS operational duties included management assignments on the Afghan and Iran Task Forces, as well as the Counterterrorism Center. Ren was promoted to the Senior Intelligence Service in 1996. He served as Deputy Chief of the DO's Human Resources Staff and Deputy Chief, National Resources Division. Ren last served as the DCI's Representative in Los Angeles with operational responsibility for Southern California, Nevada, and Arizona. Ren coordinated with Federal and local law enforcement agencies and served as intelligence liaison on the Mayor's Task Force on Port Security.
Ren, along with six other senior officers, established the DO's Leadership Seminar in 1997 which engaged mid-grade officers in a week long discussion of the qualities of leadership. Ren was given the DCI's Intelligence Commendation Medal for this endeavor.
Upon retirement in 2003, Ren was awarded the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal.
One day after completing government service, Ren joined PhaseOne Communications in Los Angeles as the Executive Vice President. PhaseOne Communications was a research company that used and built upon an analytical model developed by the Political Warfare Executive during WW II to forecast target audience response to communications. Ren was employee #11. During the next nine years, Ren grew the company to 70 employees and increased revenues by a factor of ten. In 2012, Ren was the President and CEO of PhaseOne when it was acquired by a Lockheed Martin subsidiary. Rather than accept reassignment to Washington, DC with the new owner, Ren and his wife moved to the Central Coast in late 2012.
Today Ren and Toni live on 10 acres in Paso. Their son Chris and his wife Erin, professional musicians, live in a second house on the property. Younger son Tim, his wife Freda (both journalists) and grand-daughter Roxie live on a 50 foot trawler berthed in Alameda.
Ren is still a member of the Virginia Bar as well as the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO).