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 and 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.
In 1989 Florida Governor Bob Martinez appointed Bob as a Commissioner for the Florida Board of Harbor Pilot Commissioners. Bob was and continues to be the youngest member to ever serve as a Pilot Commissioner. Governors Chiles, and Bush re-appointed Bob and he served as the Board Chairman and Vice-Chairman during his terms. In November 2012, Bob was appointed to the Board of Pilot Commissioners for a two-year term by Governor Rick Scott.
He serves on several professional and community Boards including CareerSource Broward, United Way of Broward County, Junior Achievement of South Florida, Winterfest, and is a past-Chairman of the FEDC (Florida Economic Development Council). Since October of 2005, he has served on the Florida Atlantic Research & Development Park Authority as an appointee of the Broward County Commission. Bob also served on the Board of Directors for NAIOP and Enterprise Florida.
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 an Ultimate CEO by the South Florida Business Journal in 2018, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Hall of Fame honoree, a 2018 Broward Education Foundation Hall of Fame inductee, and was named the Seafarers’ House South Florida Business Leader of the Year in 2017. In 2016, Bob was honored by the Florida Economic Development Council as Florida’s economic development professional of the year and the American Red Cross honored Bob with their 2015 Humanitarian Award. He was recognized by the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for Outstanding Community Service in February 2014 and was also named a 2011 Business Leader of the Year by the Leadership Broward Foundation.
In 2013, Governor Rick Scott presented Bob with the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award.