Robert has worked on education improvement at the local, state and national level for 50 years. He graduated from Denison University and joined Procter & Gamble (P&G) in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1960, where he served as Global Marketing Officer and founded Family Friendly Programming Forum. Aside for three years in the U.S. Air Force, his entire career was at P&G, retiring after 41 years in 2001. He spent his career in a variety of marketing, public relations, government relations, and foundation positions. He served as Senior Vice President of P&G beginning in 1994 and as Global Marketing and Government Relations Officer. Robert serves as Chairman Emeritus of The Advertising Council, Inc., and served as its Director. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors at Common Sense Media, Inc. He served as President of a local Board of Education and co-founded a statewide business/education coalition in Ohio.
Many of his efforts relate to quality teaching and he recently retired as vice chairman of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. He received the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award from the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to the radio and television industries. He is also a member of the Advertising Hall of Fame. On three occasions, he has been named national volunteer of the year: by the March of Dimes, by the National Alliance of Business and by the National Governor’s Association.