Bob Robinson, president of Robinson Automotive Group at The Highlands, is one of four 2013 inductees into the Roll of Distinguished Alumni in the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics.
Other inductees this year include Jerry Black, senior executive vice president for Aeon Co., Ltd. Japan; Robert "Bob" Reitman, retired chief executive officer of the Tranzonic Companies, nonprofit consultant and philanthropist; and David Woodrum, chairman, Woodrum Inc.
"The depth and breadth of the successes of Business and Economics continues to amaze me," said Jose "Zito" Sartarelli, the Milan Puskar dean of the college. "This year's inductees are evidence of highly successful people who have contributed greatly not only to the business world, but also in capacities where they enrich the people around them. These four gentlemen show us that they have been successful in a number of ways, and they are truly fantastic examples and inspiration for students at our business school."
Robinson is widely known throughout the Wheeling region and Ohio Valley for the successful automotive group that bears his family name, as well as a wide range of community efforts.
After purchasing his first dealership in 1974 in New Martinsville, he returned to Wheeling in 1988 to begin the expansion of the Bob Robinson franchise. The family-owned and operated Robinson Auto Group now includes three separate dealerships and nine automotive brands at The Highlands. A 1969 marketing graduate of the college, his community efforts include the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, YMCA of Wheeling and service as a successful girls basketball coach at Wheeling Central Catholic High School.
Nominees must meet specific criteria, including being alumni of the college at least 10 years post-degree while distinguishing themselves by success in business or life at the regional, national or international level.