Bob joined the Port Staff in March of 1973 as Manager of Traffic and Sales and Assistant Secretary of Tulsa’s Port of Catoosa Facilities Authority, the Port’s Industrial Trust. In November of the following year, he accepted a senior management position with Landmark Land Company to gain what proved to be invaluable land development experience. While at Landmark, he was based in both Arizona and New Orleans, where he managed commercial and industrial properties.
Bob returned to the Port in November of 1977 where he assumed his previous position. Two years later he was promoted to Director of Marketing and Transportation and soon thereafter to Deputy Port Director.
On July 1st, 1984 Bob was elevated to his current position of Port Director. He is one of four people who have held this position since the Port opened for business in December, 1970. Bob is proud to claim each of his predecessors as mentors, who, together with numerous people who have served on the Port Authority Board from both Rogers County and the City of Tulsa, have helped guide his professional development over the past 30 plus years.
Bob is a five-term Chairman of the National Waterways Conference in Washington, DC. He has also served for several years as the Chairman of the Inland Waterway Committee of the National Transportation Research Board. He also served six years as a member of the National Marine Board.
For his leadership on the McClellan-Kerr waterway, he has been named a “Water Pioneer” by the State of Oklahoma.
In August, 2009, Bob was awarded the prestigious Bronze de Fleury Medal by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Bronze de Fleury Medal was established during the early years of the Corps to honor those individuals who have provided significant contributions to Army engineering.
In October, 2013, he was named “Communicator of the Year” and received a Bronze Quill award from the Tulsa chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators.
In October, 2015, Bob was named a “Champion of Change” in a ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C., honored as a leader who has devoted time and efforts to developing innovative ways to use transportation to help his community reach new heights.
Bob holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Economics from North Dakota State University. He is married to the former Lynda Davis who retired from the Chelsea School System after 30 years of teaching middle school.