Triple Crown Leadership

Triple Crown Leadership

Bob’s Bio


Bob Vanourek

Bob is a popular leadership speaker and author, and the former CEO of five companies from a start-up to the $1 billion New York Stock Exchange company, Sensormatic.

He was an officer at two Fortune 500 firms, including Pitney Bowes, one of Jim Collins’ “good to great” companies. Bob’s businesses have won numerous awards, including a state-level Malcolm Baldrige Quality Prize and the Shingo Prize for Manufacturing Excellence, and Bob has served on numerous boards.

Bob is co-author of Triple Crown Leadership: Building Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring Organizations, a 2013 USA Best Book Awards Winner. His writing has been featured in Fast Company, American Management Association, the Center for Creative Leadership, Leader to Leader, Leadership Excellence, and many more.

Bob has taught leadership at the University of Denver and Colorado Mountain College and is Chairman Emeritus of the Vail Leadership Institute.

He is a Baker Scholar graduate (top 5%) of the Harvard Business School, a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University, has attended Harvard’s Kennedy School for teaching leadership, was certified by Phi Theta Kappa as a leadership instructor, and served as a decorated officer in the U.S. Army. Bob and his wife, June, have also won the Colorado Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service.

Bob has been named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior by Trust Across America.

Follow him on Twitter: @TripleCrownLead and @BobVanourek. Connect with him on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Visit Bob’s speaking page here.


Triple Crown Leadership: Building Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring Organizations (a 2013 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, John Wiley & Sons, 1995.

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


Trust Across America Top 100 Thought Leaders


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