Bob has spent his entire career in leadership roles, refining his own skills, coaching and mentoring hundreds of aspiring leaders. This has been his lifelong work. His passion for people and for extraordinary outcomes is what drives him. Rising to senior executive roles in numerous organizations, Bob has developed and put into practice the many teachings in his books. He has over 4 decades of experience across major market sectors: the construction services industry and real estate development business, the pulp and paper industry, the beverage industry and the chemical industry. He has served on boards of significant US organizations -profit and non-profit – including a major international corporation. This diverse experience has helped him develop unique insight into inspired leadership.
Bob is the past president of The Boldt Company, a major US construction services and real estate company. Over a 20-year period, Bob and his leadership team grew Boldt’s revenue by 3x to a $1 BN platform – all through organic growth. Over this same period, shareholder value grew by 2.5x. He led a national expansion of Boldt’s brand position, thru market sector and geographic growth. Boldt had been a 100% family-owned business, now 131 years old. Bob led an ownership transition process that resulted in a new ownership structure with the Boldt family, along with an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) and with a direct management team stock ownership plan. This growth and ownership strategy underpin Bob’s deep belief that employee engagement, inspires extraordinary results.
Prior to this role, Bob spent 20 years in management and leadership positions in the pulp and paper industry. During that time, he led technical operations and new product development. He had senior roles in manufacturing management. He also led hundreds of millions of dollars in capital expansion projects (planning, construction and startups).
Bob is an authority in areas of economic development. He was the start-up executive and cochairman of the board of New North, a regional economic development organization, focused on attracting and retaining companies and jobs to an 18-county region in Northeastern Wisconsin.
His passion for leadership and collaboration brought together corporate leaders, public-sector leaders and government leaders to increase business activity in the region.
Bob is currently the President of his own consulting firm, Limitless, A Leadership Consultancy.
Bob is previously published, a co-author of three leadership books:
- Leading with Care in a Tough World (Rodin Books)
- Embracing Uncertainty: The Essence of Leadership (M.E Sharp)
- Transforming Leaders into Progress Makers (Sage Publications)
He has also published numerous articles on leadership in noteworthy business journals.
Bob has a liberal arts undergraduate degree from Lawrence University and holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. He also was recognized with an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh for his work in economic development.
Bob is available for interviews, stories or podcasts. He offers advice and opinions on an array of leadership topics.