The Procter & Gamble Company will salute Robert Robinson for his extraordinary accomplishments in Business during the 2017 Men of Honor, A Salute to African American Men taking place on Saturday, November 18 at 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati.
In June 2013, Robinson retired from Procter & Gamble after a distinguished 40-year career that began at the P&G plant in Albany. He and other first level African American managers organized themselves into the Black Managers Work Team to better embrace diversity and effectively deal with the challenges they faced. Initially, they held meetings off-site, but quickly learned their issues were organizational issues and began meeting on-site with Robinson as the elected leader. This work became the genesis for much of the progress P&G has made in leveraging diversity as a business strategy.
In 1984, Robinson moved to Cincinnati to become an associate director for Logistics and Planning, Product Supply. In 1989, he became the plant manager in St. Louis, where he led the site to be one of the first P&G plants to transition from a traditional union based work system to a technician based high performance work system. In 1992, he returned to Cincinnati as a director in Product Supply, where he established a reputation for delivering superior results and leveraging diversity to achieve them. One of his most significant accomplishments was leading the P&G African American Network for 13 years.
Robinson currently serves as chairman of the Board for Lincoln Heights Outreach Incorporated to equip people in the community to be self-sufficient by helping them find jobs, providing prenatal education for first-time mothers, and teaching financial literacy. The organization also operates Camp Hope, which focuses youth on academics and social skills. In addition, Robinson has been on the board of Habitat for Humanity and the YMCA and is actively involved in mission work in Haiti, Mexico, and Nigeria.
He enjoys traveling, gardening, fishing, physical fitness, and collecting art. He is also a proud life member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University. He and his wife, Muddie, have two adult daughters, Ladaska and Robin, and two beautiful grandchildren.
For more information about Men of Honor, A Salute to African American Men, visit theabercrumbiegroup.com/menofhonor or call 513.733.1555.