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Get to Know Our CEO: Robert Thornburgh, SIOR

Headquarter Highlights

Earlier this year, SIOR was proud to welcome Robert Thornburgh, SIOR, as our new Chief Executive Officer. Those who've had the honor of working with Robert so far during his career have had a front row seat to the more than 25 years of exemplary industry knowledge and leadership experience he brings to the role, including serving as SIOR Global's past president as well as a shareholder and regional president of brokerage for many years.

But what else is there to know about Robert? Of his many accomplishments, does he have one he considers to be his greatest? Everyone has pet peeves...what are his? Any hidden talents? And the one we've been dying to know - if he could only eat one food for the rest of his life, what would it be?

We spoke to Robert to find answers to these and other hard-hitting questions in order to get to know who SIOR's new CEO is beyond the office. Because after all, it's not what you are the truly's who you are that does. Get a sneak peek at some of Robert's answers below and in the Spring 2021 edition of the SIOR Report. Then, catch up on the full interview by clicking the button below.

SIOR: What is your greatest accomplishment?

RT: Raising up my son and daughter the right way, helping guide them to become the amazing young adults they are today.

SIOR: Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?

RT: Penn, North Dakota. Population 20. I spent time there with my grandfather and his close group of friends who were local farmers. They referred to themselves as the “roundtable of knowledge.” Hardest working group I have ever met.

SIOR: If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would you do?

RT: Travel back in time and give the younger version of myself a long list of information.

SIOR: What would be your personal motto?

RT: I always liked Shakespeare’s: “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”




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