Robert L. Wallace is an internationally-known entrepreneur, author, business consultant and keynote speaker. With more than 40 years of industry experience spanning engineering, energy, IT and executive consulting, Bob leverages his expertise to educate and inspire entrepreneurs, executives and audiences around the world.
Growing up in the Baltimore housing projects amidst poverty and racial segregation, Bob overcame social and economic obstacles through his own rags-to-riches story to become a successful serial entrepreneur. After being groomed by innovative industry leaders like IBM, DuPont and Procter & Gamble, Bob leveraged his experience to establish and lead three companies: BITHGROUP Technologies Inc., an IT service provider; Bithenergy Inc., an energy services company ; and through RobertWallace.com, EntreTeach Learning Systems LLC, which offers web-based training for women and minority business owners.
Pulling from his real-life experiences and extensive research, Bob has published five books on wealth creation, strategic partnerships, emerging markets and entrepreneurship – and he’s busy writing several more. His books address the challenges faced by small disadvantaged businesses and entrepreneurs in general, with an insightful approach that makes his writing equally compelling to large corporations with an “intrapreneurial” spirit.
Today, Bob blends his diverse experiences in engineering, energy, technology, and entrepreneurship to educate, entertain and enlighten corporate audiences across industries and demographics. His dynamic keynote presentations and hands-on workshops inspire personal and professional breakthroughs, resulting in bottom-line improvements for groups he has consulted with and spoken to.
When he’s not researching, mentoring or presenting to other business leaders, Bob enjoys spending time with his wife of 40 years and their five children. He frequently takes his family on mission trips to Africa where he has started orphanages and schools. Avid about education, especially STEM programs, he regularly mentors students in high school and college. Bob is a passionate community leader and devoted church elder who believes in the intersection of spirituality and business. He helped establish Global Vessels, a faith-based nonprofit that pursues humanitarian projects around the world to meet the physical needs of people in emerging nations. Through his nonprofit, he has built global relationships that have translated into profitable connections – an example of his motto to “do good while doing well.”
Currently, Bob serves as Affiliate Professor of Business at the Loyola University Sellinger School of Business, where he lectures on innovation and entrepreneurship in the global economy. Previously, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics at the University of Pennsylvania, and his MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where he began his research on the successful characteristics of entrepreneurs.
A highly sought-after consultant and advisor for corporate and government leaders, Bob has served as chair for the State of Maryland Information Technology Board, the Governor’s Advanced Technology Commission, Small Business Task Force, Minority Business Task Force, the City of Baltimore Mayor’s Coalition of Supplier Diversity and Inclusion, and is currently Chair of The President’s Roundtable, a results-driven organization made of 20 companies that strive to improve the economic ecosystem of local and global communities by leveraging the power of successful entrepreneurship.
Bob seamlessly blends the theoretical traits of entrepreneurial success he’s researched, with the real-world insights he’s learned from starting and building actual businesses. With this bold, forward-thinking approach, Bob’s books and presentations offer practical advice and proven strategies that give professional audiences a roadmap to achieve their own objectives of success.