Triple Crown Leadership

Triple Crown Leadership

Bob’s Bio

Bob Vanourek, now retired, is the former CEO of five firms, ranging from a startup to a $1 billion New York Stock Exchange company.

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); and Trust Inc. Volumes 1, 2, and 3, (Next Decade Inc., 2013, 2014, and 2015).

After his 30-year business career, Bob taught leadership as an instructor at Colorado Mountain College and the University of Denver. He served on eleven for-profit and non-profit boards and chaired four of them. Bob has also been a consultant or 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, magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University, and certified leadership instructor from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the Phi Theta Kappa Society.

Bob was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by Trust Across America—Trust Around the World. Bob is a decorated Army officer and a lifelong student of leadership. He is married to his high school sweetheart, June.

Visit Bob’s speaking page here.


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