Bob is a popular speaker and the former CEO of five companies from a start-up to a $1 billion New York Stock Exchange company.
He has been named one of the "Top Thought Leaders" by Trust Across America-Trust Around the World in 2013, 2014, and 2015. He was named one of the "Leaders to Watch in 2015" by the American Management Association.
Bob co-authored "Triple Crown Leadership" with his son, Gregg Vanourek, which won the International Book Award competition in the category of General Business in 2013.
Bob has served as Group Vice President and Division President of two major divisions of Pitney Bowes and Vice President, General Manager of two divisions of Avery International. Bob's businesses and teams that have won numerous local, state, and national awards, including a state-level Malcolm Baldrige Quality Prize and the Shingo Prize for Manufacturing Excellence (shortly after Bob left).
He has taught leadership at the University of Denver and Colorado Mountain College and is Chairman Emeritus of the Vail Leadership Institute. Bob has served on the boards of and consults with numerous businesses and community organizations. He is a Baker Scholar graduate of the Harvard Business School, a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University, and served as an officer in the U.S. Army.
Bob and his wife, June, live in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, where they won the Governor's Award for Volunteer Service.