Bob gets the opportunity to work with 100 business and family leaders a year. The lessons he has learned over his life of ups and downs and the lessons he shares with the leaders that he works with are captured in this book. Bob fervently believes that you can have your cake and eat it, too! The key to a more joyful life is enjoying “where you are” and giving yourself permission to “want” more. People get in trouble living in the gap between where they are and where they want to go.
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Bob has a lot of youngests and firsts in his career. It is a testament to his ability to stay out of the gap and in a place where he can move forward to where he wants to go.
At 24, he became the youngest supervisor in the history of the company for the Florsheim Shoe Company, responsible for over 40 stores in Southern California and Arizona.
At 26, he became a partner of Milgram Kagan Corporation, which he helped grow to become the largest independently owned retail shoe company in the United States with over 120 outlets. He ultimately became President and CEO of the company. It was sold in 1985.
Bob then became a consultant, focusing on small and mid-market companies. His practice focused on strategic planning and human resource development programs.
In 2001, Bob became a Chair for Vistage International, the world’s largest chief executive organization. In 2004, he was the first recipient of the Bob Nourse Award, as the top chair among 450 of his peers. Bob serves on the Chairman’s advisory board, and he currently coaches over 100 CEO and C-suite executives.
Bob has spoken at the New York University Institute of Retail Management, and for the past couple of years, led a leadership seminar at Walter Payton College Preparatory School in Chicago.
Bob also serves as the Chairman of the Board of A Giving Heart Foundation, a 501(c)(3) foundation which funds research to prevent children from ever having to face open-heart surgery.
My Dad is, without a question, one of the greatest men to walk the earth. I love his passion for life, his unwavering commitment to his wife, marriage, and family, his sense of humor, his work ethic, his uncanny ability to look at things from all different angles and challenge the status quo, and his young-at-heart, playful soul. I’m proud and honored to be his daughter.Jen ``Berk`` Baskel
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