For the Glory

of Old State

FOR THE PAST

FOR THE PRESENT

FOR THE FUTURE

VOTE ROBERT GRIMES

NUMBER 26

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BALLOT

Rob Grimes graduated from Penn State in 1980 in Food Service and Housing Administration, an integral part of the College of Health and Human Development.  Upon graduation, he applied his degree to operations management positions for Holiday Inn and then Marriott International, where he created a global group in Distributed Systems at Marriott’s Headquarters; his first intrapreneurial venture.

    

After Marriott, Rob created many technology companies for the global foodservice, hospitality and retail industries including the Foodservice Technology Conference & Showcase.  He keeps his operational roots by owning and operating restaurants in the Washington, D.C. area.

From day-one, he supported Penn State, his College and the School of Hospitality Management by mentoring and hiring students (at one time having over 50 alums when others were not hiring).

Rob is a past Chairman of the Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society, a Lifetime Member of the Penn State Alumni Association, a member of the Mount Nittany Society and President’s Club.

Within the School of Hospitality Management he is a Conti Professor and founded the Technology Advisory Board.  A past recipient of the Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award, he served on the Grand Destiny campaign and continues in the For the Future campaign committee.

Residing in Potomac, Maryland, Rob is proud of his Penn State family of 2 additional Penn State Alums; wife Beth, and daughter Lauren.  His youngest daughter Melissa is a sophomore in the Schreyer’s Honors College and just completed her second year with THON as a Communications Captain.

Since graduating from Penn State, I proudly carry the Blue & White with me in unwavering support of our Students, Faculty, University and Athletics. While Penn State has always been a dynamic institution, the challenges of the recent past have been all consuming, making it difficult to focus on Penn State’s future.

    

I have known the time would come to step up and do more for Penn State; to make a meaningful contribution and difference in the leadership of the University.  My entrepreneurial thinking and know-how to get things done, ability to network and connect, and my business and community leadership experiences and skills are assets I will put to work for you and Penn State.

    

With an understanding of the elements that make Penn State great; from Academics and Research to Athletics and Development that will continue to secure the future financially, I know now is the time for me to be a part of the leadership required to move forward at this critical time.

When I meet those who would question Penn State’s commitment to education and focus on doing what is right for the Students and Community, I remind them of the great accomplishments of the University, Students, Faculty, Athletes and Alumni.  We all make a difference and I hope you will allow me to represent you in accomplishing our goals now and for future of Penn State.  To that end; “WE ARE”…

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Let me introduce you to my family…

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Beth (Krosskove) Grimes

Graduate 1981 Speech Disorders – College of Health and Human Development

Member of Penn State HHD Development Council

Mt. Nittany Society Member

Alumni Association Member

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Lauren (Grimes) Selman

Graduate 2010 Public Relations - College of Communications, Minor in Theatre

Coordinator Century of Excellence for Kinesiology

THON Dancer 2009 & Communications Captain 2010

Lion Society & Alumni Association Member

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Melissa Grimes

Expected Graduate 2015 – College of Health and Human Development - Schreyers Honors College

THON Communications Captain 2013

Alumni Association Member

Since the graduation day in March 1980, I have been involved with Penn State in many ways serving my School, College, the University, the Students, Faculty and Alumni. A person’s investment in Penn State should not be measured simply by donations of money, but also in the time and effort that they put year in and year out in support of Penn State.

    

My commitment to Penn State will continue to grow in the years ahead, and is an unfading Blue & White.

Let me share with you some highlights of my involvement in Penn State and Business…

Memberships or Directorships Held:

Member – Penn State School of Hospitality Management Conti Professors

Member – Penn State College of Health & Human Development – Development Council

Chairman – Penn State School of Hospitality Management Technology Board

Member – Penn State College of Health & Human Development Peterson Society

Member – Penn State Mount Nittany Society

Member – Penn State President’s Club

Member – Peterson Society

Lifetime Member – Penn State Alumni Association

Lifetime Member – Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society

Member Young Presidents and World Presidents Organizations (YPO-WPO)

Past Board Member & Current Member – National Restaurant Association

Past Board Member & Current Member – International Hotel & Restaurant Association

Past Chairman & Member – National Restauarant Association Information Technology Executive Study Group

Member – Hospitality Financial & Technology Processionals

Member – Society for Foodservice Management

Member – American Hotel & Lodging Association

Board Member – University of Delaware Hospitality Management

Board Member – UNLV College of Hospitality Management

Member – Counsel of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers

Board Member & Director – HyperActive Technologies

Board Member & Director – ESP Systems

Current and/or Past Penn State University Activities:

Volunteer – Grand Destiny Campaign

Volunteer – For the Future Campaign

Past Chairman & Member – Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society

Past Member – College of Health & Human Development Alumni Council

Lifetime Member – Penn State Alumni Association

Lifetime Member – Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society

Member – Phi Delta Theta Fraternity

Member – Penn State School of Hospitality Management Conti Professors

Member – Penn State College of Health & Human Development – Development Council

Chairman – Penn State School of Hospitality Management Technology Board

Member – Penn State College of Health & Human Development Peterson Society

Member – Penn State Mount Nittany Society

Member – Penn State President’s Club

Lifetime Member – Penn State Alumni Association

Lifetime Member – Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society

Business/Professional Honors, Awards, or Achievements:

Penn State Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award

Penn State School of Hospitality Management Conti Professor

Alumni Recognition Award, College of Health & Human Development

Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society Alumni of the Year Award

E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Washington DC Region

World Young Business Achievers Award – United States

Maryland High Technology Council, Joseph A. Sculli Award for Entrepreneurship

Deloitte Fast 50 Award for Maryland

Deloitte Fast 50 Award for Northern Virginia

Lodging Magazine 25 List of Individuals Influencing the Lodging Industry

Contact Rob Grimes

Email: rob@robertgrimes.com

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10220 River Road, #110
Potomac, MD 20854
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