Bob Vanourek is the former CEO of five firms, ranging from a start-up to a $1 billion NY stock exchange company, including winners of a state-level Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award and the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence.
He is author of Leadership Wisdom: Lessons from Poetry, Prose, and Curious Verse (2016), a 2017 International Book Awards Finalist, and the co-author of Triple Crown Leadership: Building Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring Organizations, a 2013 International Book Awards Winner, called “the best leadership book since Good to Great.”
Bob has been a contributing writer to many publications and a chapter-contributor to numerous books on ethics, trust, and servant leadership including Reflections on Leadership (John Wiley and Sons; 1995); Good Business, Routledge; (2009); Trust Inc. Volumes 1, 2, and 3, (Next Decade Inc., 2013, 2014, and 2015); and Imagine a New You in 30 Days (Motivational Press, 2016).
Bob is a former adjunct leadership instructor at the University of Denver and Colorado Mountain College. He was Chairman and Chairman Emeritus of the Vail Leadership Institute (now a part of The Vail Centre), and a former board member or leader of eleven for-profit and non-profit boards. Bob has been a consultant-coach for many corporations, non-profits, and international, state, and local governments.
He is a Baker Scholar graduate (top 5%) of the Harvard Business School, a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University, and a certified leadership instructor from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the Phi Theta Kappa Society.
As one of the “Top Thought Leaders in Trust” for 2013 – 2017, Bob was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Trust Across America—Trust Around the World. Bob was named one of the American Management Association’s “Leaders to Watch in 2015.” Bob is a decorated Army officer and a lifelong student of leadership.