Robert Snelling

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45+ years of senior executive experience as President & CEO of a private, $1M business that he grew to $900M in revenue.


Robert Snelling

Robert O. Snelling Sr. has over 45 years’ private and public company CEO experience, from an entrepreneurial start-up to a $900 million corporation. Snelling provides career planning, transition, and advancement coaching and advisory services.

Snelling is an internationally recognized business leader and is known as a pioneer in recruiting and franchise operations. He has significant expertise in privately held company leadership, completing a successful IPO and running a publicly held corporation.

For over 45 years, Snelling was Chairman of the Board and President of Snelling and Snelling, a nationally franchised staffing and recruiting corporation. He grew the company from a privately held one-office business in the 1950s to a publicly traded entity with 50,000 employees, $900 million in revenue, and 40 company-owned and 560 franchised offices worldwide. His firm was involved in the employment of over ten million people and its clients included most of the Fortune 500 and thousands of mid-size and small companies.

Snelling has coached and represented numerous businesses, introducing them to franchising. He’s written their manuals and franchise agreements, designed their systems, and marketed their franchises. He advises businesses in many fields and coaches with deep insight, sound judgment, and down-to-earth common sense.

Snelling was appointed by President Bush to serve on the National Commission for Employment Policy. He was a member of the Secretary of Labor’s Advisory Committee and the White House committee on Small Business, and has served on numerous boards including the Board of Regent University, Hillcrest Church, and Southeast Bank. Snelling is listed in Who’s Who in America and received his industry’s highest award, the Harold B. Nelson award, from the National Association of Personnel Consultants.

As a lecturer and guest speaker, Snelling has delivered commencement speeches at universities and spoken on business ethics at the US Naval Academy, meetings of the International Franchise Association, and the National Association of Personnel Consultants. He is a champion of employment growth, advocates employment legislation at State Houses and Congress, and has testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Employment and Productivity.

Snelling successfully navigated the challenges of leading a family-run business. He had up to 27 family members working in his firm and proved that companies can tackle the challenges of a family office while thriving in a competitive, publicly-traded environment.

A bestselling author, Snelling has been published by Simon Schuster, Viking Penguin, and the Macmillan Company. His books include The Right Job, JOBS, and the bestseller, The Opportunity Explosion.