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Bob’s Bio


Bob Vanourek

Bob Vanourek is the former CEO of five firms, ranging from a start-up to a $1 billion NY stock exchange company and 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 (a finalist in the 2017 International Book Awards, business: general category) 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 The Vail Centre), and a former board member or leader of ten 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.

Bob has been named one of the “Top Thought Leaders in Trust” for 2013 – 2016, as well as one of the American Management Association’s “Leaders to Watch in 2015.” Bob is a decorated Army officer and a lifelong student of leadership.

Twitter: @TripleCrownLead

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Leadership Wisdom: Lessons from Poetry, Prose, and Curious Verse (Motivational Press, 2016)

Triple Crown Leadership: Building Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring Organizations (an International Book Awards winner, business: general), co-authored with Gregg Vanourek.

Book Chapters:

“Stewards Build Trust” with Gregg Vanourek, Barbara Brooks Kimmel, editor, Trust Inc.: Strategies for Building Your Company’s Most Valuable Asset, Next Decade, Inc., 2013.

“A Call for Values-Based Leadership,” James O’Toole and Don Mayer, editors, Good Business: Exercising Effective and Ethical Leadership, Routledge, 2009.

“Servant Leadership and the Future,” Larry Spears, editor, Reflections on Leadership, Wiley, 1995.

Bob Vanourek at Denver University: Leadership Speaker, Business Ethics Speaker, Motivational Speaker

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