Robert S. Carl, Jr., is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce. Carl has been in this leadership position of the Chamber since January 2009, when he joined the Chamber as the Executive Director. He was also a past president of the Board of Directors (now titled Chair of the Board) in 2001-2002, and had previously served as a board member and committee member since 1994.
Mr. Carl is an active member of his community. He believes that in order for communities to advance and prosper, individuals must be the positive force that drives development and progress. He currently serves, and has served on a wide range of public service boards, including: PA Association of Chamber Professionals (PACP), Board of Directors and Past Chair of the Board; Penn State Schuylkill Advisory Board, 1st Vice President; Schuylkill Emergency Medical Services, Board of Directors; Schuylkill County Transportation Authority, Board of Directors; Schuylkill County Commissioners Youth Summit Advisory Board; Northeastern PA Alliance (NEPA), Schuylkill County Visitor's Bureau, Board of Directors; Pottsville Area Development Corporation, Board of Directors; Schuylkill Keep It Pretty, Board of Directors; Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation, affiliate member to the Board of Directors; Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board, Board of Directors; Orwigsburg Veterans Memorial Development Task force, President and Board of Directors; Berks Schuylkill SCORE, Schuylkill Division Advisory Board; and the Schuylkill Conservation District, associate board member. He is a Past President and member of the Orwigsburg Lions Club and past president of the Orwigsburg Jaycees.
Mr. Carl assisted in significant fund raising achievements for the American Cancer Society, Schuylkill Unit, Relay for Life, the Blue Mt. Eagle Foundation (Past President); and The Historical Society of Schuylkill County (capital campaign Co-Chair). He has served as the Co-Chair for the Make-A-Wish Foundation Golf Tournament for over three decades. He previously served on the Schuylkill VISION and Schuylkill River Greenway Association Board of Directors. He has recently joined the Schuylkill VISION Advisory Board.
He along with fellow Chamber staff members, Chamber Board members, and many business leaders and sponsors, were instrumental in bringing the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) to Schuylkill County, to an annual thirty week entrepreneurial education and business launch program supporting up to twenty-four middle school and high school entrepreneurial students each year, to realize their entrepreneurial dreams through a successful business launch. The program office and student lectures are hosted on the Penn State Schuylkill campus. Subsequently, the Chamber joined the Penn State LionLaunch initiative as a community partner.
Bob was previously employed by the former Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center from 1977 to 2000, and served as the Chief Operating Officer from 1993-2000. He served as President of the Good Samaritan Development Corporation, a for profit subsidiary of the Good Samaritan Health Corporation from 1989 to 1999. During his healthcare career, Bob achieved Fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
After leaving healthcare in 2000, Bob and his family established RSC Beverages, Inc. (t/a Brewers' Outlet), a wholesale/retail beverage distributor licensed by the PLCB. Bob served as the corporation's President from 2000 to 2003, and the corporation remained in family hands until 2014.
Mr. Carl was elected to the position of Schuylkill County Commissioner in November of 2003, and sworn in on January 5, 2004. He served as a Commissioner until January 7, 2008. During his tenure, he was very active with the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, serving as District Representative and Board Member from 2005 through 2008. Bob's term as Commissioner included credentialing in the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, Academy for Excellence in County Government.
Following his term as County Commissioner, Bob accepted a position with Reading Anthracite Company, where he served as Director of Real Estate, until accepting the position with the Chamber.
Mr. Carl earned his bachelor's degree in Pharmacy in 1977 from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (now the University of Sciences), Philadelphia, and his master of Business Administration degree in 1986 from Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia. he has received numerous honors including 2014 Citizen of the Year from the Orwigsburg Lions Club, and the Outstanding Young Men of America, in recognition of outstanding professional achievement, superior leadership ability, and exceptional service to the community. He recently was presented the Penn State Schuylkill Alumni Society Board as the recipient of the 2017 Pride and Spirit Award at Penn State Schuylkill, for contributions in the area of public service and volunteerism on behalf of the University.
Mr. Carl is a parishioner of the Saint Ambrose Roman Catholic Church and lives in Orwigsburg Pennsylvania, with his wife Elizabeth. He is the proud father of daughter, Alexandria, who resides in Scranton, PA.