Bob Swindell was named President and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance in November 2009. He joined the Alliance as the Senior Vice President of Business Development in 2003. Bob and his team market and promote Broward County as a highly desirable location to do business; bringing high skill / high wage jobs and diversifying the local economy. The Alliance also assists local, national, and international companies already doing business here or those prospective companies considering a move to Greater Fort Lauderdale.
The Alliance is Broward County's official public / private economic development partnership and brings together the County’s business community and 31 municipalities for the purposes of accelerating economic & job growth.
A lifelong Broward resident, he has served in several business and community leadership roles. Prior to his position with the Alliance, Bob was President of Champion Manufacturing for 18 years; a Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale based industrial supply company serving the Southeastern United States.
In 1992, during the impact of Hurricane Andrew, Bob chaired the local Board of the American Red Cross for 2 years. Florida Governors Martinez, Chiles, and Bush have appointed Bob to lead statewide boards. In November 2012, Bob was again appointed to the Board of Pilot Commissioners by Governor Rick Scott.
He serves on several professional and community Boards including NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association), CareerSource Broward, the Broward Education Foundation, and is immediate past-Chairman of the FEDC (Florida Economic Development Council). Bob also served on the Enterprise Florida Board of Directors. Since October of 2005, he has served on the Florida Atlantic Research & Development Park Authority as an appointee of the Broward County Commission.
Bob is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Florida Class XXXI (31). He is a 1986 alumnus of Leadership Broward – Class V (5) and was recognized as a 2011 Business Leader of the Year by the Leadership Broward Foundation. He was also recognized by the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for Outstanding Community Service.
In June of 2013 Governor Rick Scott presented Bob with the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award at the Annual meeting of Leadership Florida.