|Name||Robert A. Gleason Jr.|
Johnstown, Pennsylvania , United States
Jun 02, 2006 01:26pm
|Info||From his company's website [Link] ...Robert A. Gleason, Jr. Chairman and CEO joined his family's business in 1965, after four years of active duty as a Captain in the United States Air Force. The grandson of Agency founder, Gus M. Gleason, Rob has held virtually every position in the Agency. Upon the retirement of his father, Robert A. Gleason, Sr. in 1970, Rob served as the Agency's President until 1994, at which time he was named Chairman and CEO. Under his skilled leadership, the Agency increased revenues to $10 million in 2003. Today, Gleason is among the 150 largest property and casualty insurance brokers in the United States. |
In 1985, Rob took a sabbatical to serve as Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Appointed to a two-year term by former Pennsylvania Governor and United States Attorney General, Dick Thornburgh, Rob resigned from his position at Gleason and moved to Harrisburg to assume the new role. Rob's appointment and his unanimous approval by the Senate were due to what Thornburgh referred to as his "excellence and commitment to good, clean, hard-hitting politics, solid government and devotion to the community."
He returned to Gleason in 1987 but he still remains active in politics on the state and county levels. In 1996, he succeeded his father as Chairman of the Cambria County Republican Committee. He was re-elected unanimously in 1998 and 2002. He serves as a member of the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania. In 2004 US Senator Rick Santorum appointed him Pennsylvania Chairman of Catholics for George W. Bush.
In May 1993, the late Pennsylvania Governor Robert P. Casey nominated him to be a member of the five person Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. The Pennsylvania State Senate unanimously confirmed him. He served on the Commission until September 1997, during which time he helped determine policy on construction, operation, and maintenance issues, as well as addressing finance and contract issues.
In September 1997, Pennsylvania Governor Thomas J. Ridge appointed Rob to the State Transportation Commission. The Commission gathers and studies information relating to the needs of highways and all types of mass transportation to determine the need and the recommended order of priority for their construction or reconstruction.
A 1961 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, Rob remains very active in the University. In 1998, he was appointed a Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania.