Lifeworks Charleston - Breakfast

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Starts: February 22, 2018 | 7:30am

Robert S. Milligan (Bob), is the former Chairman, CEO and Founder of M.I. Industries / Nature's Variety, a leading producer of all natural nutritional pet products, and the largest producer of fresh frozen pet diets in North America. Bob helped develop and expand these meat protein based nutritional pet products that are sold in more that 10,000 stores throughout the US and Canada, as well as stores in Mexico and South America, and in markets in Europe, Israel and Asia.

Raised on a farm in Dodge County, Nebraska, he grew up in a family farming operation that was started by his great grandfather J. O. Milligan over 150 years ago, following Grandfather Milligan's immigration to Nebraska after his military service in the Civil War.

Bob Milligan completed his undergraduate studies in agricultural economics and vocational agricultural at the University of Nebraska - where he was an officer in the Innocents Society, and served as president of his fraternity and of various campus organizations. He completed his graduate work at George Washington University with a jurist doctorate, with honors in corporate law.

Before founding MI Industries, he began his career in Washington, DC with leadership positions in the federal government at the White House in international trade negotiations, the Department of Justice in tax litigation, and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for policy development.

In addition to serving on numerous corporate boards, Bob has served and is serving as a volunteer on many civic and Christian boards such as Prison Fellowship Ministries - both the USA and International Boards, the People's City Mission, Lincoln Community Foundation, Nebraska Wesleyan University, University of Nebraska Trustees, Bryan-LGH Health Systems, Boy Scouts, and Alpha Ministries.

He also served as president and chairman of the board of CBMC International, a Christian marketplace ministry active in 90 nations around the globe. Bob serves on the board of directors of the United States Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC, being selected as the chairman of the board in 2009-2010. He was the first US Chamber board chairman from Nebraska in the 100+ year history of the US Chamber. Bob was inducted into the Nebraska Business Hall of Fame in 2012. Bob was selected as an Ellis Island Medal of Honor awardee in 2013.

In addition to many business and civic organizations, Bob focuses his time and energy on his family and in helping to develop youth leadership and reaching out to those less fortunate - both in the US and internationally.

He is married to Cynthia Hardin Milligan, celebrating 50 years of marriage. Cynthia and Bob are blessed with ten children, including two daughters-in-law and three sons-in-law, as well as fifteen beautiful and much loved grand children.