Robert served in the U.S Army during the Vietnam war. After his time in the Army, Robert earned an AA degree from Long Beach City College and then studied Business Administration and Marketing Management at California State University, Long Beach.
From 1972 to 2002 he was President and/or CEO to three industrial wholesale companies, first as owner of Slater Industrial Supply. While with Slater Industrial Supply he also served as president of two trade associations including the Industrial Distribution Association comprising 1,100 national member companies. In 1997, Robert and eight others merged their companies in a roll up and took that new entity public on the NYSE. He filled the role of president for the Industrial Distribution Group - California which covered three western states and northern Mexico.
In 2003 Robert transitioned into executive coaching and general business consultation owning a franchise of Renaissance Executive Forums in greater Long Beach through 2006. Bob has consulted with owners and top executives from a wide variety of businesses including homecare, restaurants, non-profit organizations, manufacturers, tug boat service companies, foreign petroleum service providers and more. He is currently president of Skidmore Business Solutions at www.skidbiz.com.
Robert read about TJP in the Long Beach Press Telegram and decided to expand his volunteer work to include helping veterans in a way that he felt qualified. “I look forward to providing support to help VOB’s balance their professional and personal efforts, grow their businesses and avoid catastrophic pitfalls,” says Robert.
Robert lives in Long Beach, CA.