Bob Swindell was named President and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance CEO in November 2009. He joined the Alliance as the Senior Vice President, Business Development in 2003. Bob and his team assist 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 economic growth.
As a lifelong Broward resident, his background includes a history of community service and business leadership; he has been a business owner, angel investor, and senior manager in a professional career that spans more than 25 years. 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 and 1993, Bob Chaired the local Board of the American Red Cross. Florida Governors Martinez, Chiles, and Bush have appointed Bob to lead statewide regulatory boards.
He currently serves on several Executive Boards including NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association), SFTA (South Florida Technology Alliance), and CareerSource Broward. In October of 2005 Bob was appointed by the Broward County Commission to serve as one of the County’s representatives on the Florida Atlantic Research & Development Authority, and he recently served as Chairman for 2 years.
Bob has also been appointed by the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Plantation and Oakland Park to advisory boards and is a 1986 alumnus of Leadership Broward – Class V.
Authority Term: 11/07/2017 – 11/07/2021