Who’s Robert Vanourek?
Since 2000, Bob Vanourek’s focus has been on leadership development and volunteer work. He has been actively involved with MBA programs at the Denver University’s Daniels School of Business as a guest lecturer and champion of values-based leadership.
He was chairman of the board of the Vail Leadership Institute from 2002-05 and is now chairman emeritus.
Vanourek is a board member of the Center for Corporate Excellence and the Vail Symposium. He serves on the board of, advises and/or consults with numerous businesses and community organizations. He assisted the board, senior faculty and staff at Colorado Mountain College on their restructuring in pursuit of their goal to become a “learning organization.”
He is developing a leadership course for both the University of Denver and Colorado Mountain College as an adjunct professor.
Vanourek’s business career was focused on leading companies or divisions experiencing extreme challenges. He specializes in applying ethical principals to rescue, turnaround and crisis situations.
From 1996-99, Vanourek guided Sensormatic, a $1 billion NYSE electronics company, as its CEO through a successful turnaround after major accounting irregularities were discovered by the Securities and Exchange Commission. That followed a similar turnaround he led as CEO of Recognition Equipment Inc., a $250 million NYSE company, which was accused by the U.S. government of illegal activities.
Prior to all that, Vanourek was group vice president and division president of two major divisions of Pitney Bowes and vice president, general manager of two divisions of Avery International. All these challenges resulted in strategic turnarounds ” introducing successful new products and restoring stakeholder confidence.
Vanourek has also been involved in several entrepreneurial ventures.
His businesses have won numerous local, state and national awards, including a state level Malcom Baldridge Quality Prize and the Shingo Prize for Manufacturing Excellence. He was at Pitney Bowes when it was identified by Jim Collins in “Good to Great” as one of the 11 great companies. He was also at the Olga Corporation, which was identified as one of the 100 best companies at which to work, as was Pitney Bowes.
Vanourek is a Baker Scholar (top 5 percent) graduate of the Harvard Business School (1966) and a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton (1964) in economics.
He and his wife, June, have been married since 1963. They won the Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service in 20003 for their work in mentoring troubled teenagers.
Vail Daily, Vail, Colorado
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