Bob made the move to Waterloo. In short order, he became a partner and manager at the independent pharmacy now known as Greenwood Drug.
Since then, Bob has made a name for himself as a manager, partner and owner in community pharmacy and as a dedicated member of the Waterloo community. Today, Bob and his wife, Chery, own three pharmacies and are partners in two other practices.
“Bob is thoughtful, intelligent, and caring,” said Dan Goerdt, friend and brother-in-law. “He is an asset to the people that live in Waterloo, Iowa because he never gives up and is willing to go the extra mile.”
As an experienced entrepreneur, Bob recognized opportunities in the market with assisted-living and long-term care facilities, immunizations, medication therapy management and retail, all of which he has incorporated into his business services. A leader in the healthcare profession and the community, Bob has shared his skills and insights with several organizations, including the National Community Pharmacists Association, Iowa Pharmacy Association, CPPA Standards Oversight Committee, American Pharmacists Association, Waterloo City Council, Waterloo Housing Authority, Columbus High School Strategic Planning Committee, Visiting Nurses Association, American Diabetes Association, Salvation Army, Pheasants Forever, Creighton School of Pharmacy and Health Professions Alumni Advisory Board, Dean’s Advisory Committee, and is a published author with America’s Pharmacist.
Bob is also active at his church where he has served on the Parish Council, Finance Committee and the Waterloo Catholic Deanery Council. As an adjunct professor and preceptor for the University of Iowa and Creighton University College of Pharmacy, Bob mentors students and exposes them to the field of independent community pharmacy. He has also had success with recruiting his former students as mentors for other young pharmacists.
Dee Vandeventer said: “I’ve known Bob for more than 30 years and have always admired his business acumen, the integrity in which he leads his life, his passion for his profession and how he helps and inspires others.”
For his work in the community and pharmacy, Bob has received many prestigious awards. In 2011, he received the Bowl of Hygeia given by the Iowa Pharmacy Association. In 2013, he received the Hubert H. Humphrey award from the American Pharmacists Association. Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions recognized Bob with the Alumni Merit Award in September 2014, when he was also recognized by the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy with an Honorary Alumni Award.
In his free time, Bob enjoys spending time at Lake Delhi and being with his family. Bob and Chery have been married for 36 years and have three children and three grandchildren.