About Robert O. Carr
Robert Owen Carr was the founder and former chief executive officer of Heartland Payment Systems, a Fortune 1000 debit- and credit-card transaction company recently acquired by Global Payments for over $4.3 billion.
He has won plaudits for technological prowess and ethical leadership. Carr has been honored as the Entrepreneur of the Year in the financial services category by Ernst and Young, as the top entrepreneur by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and with a lifetime achievement award from the payments industry trade group. Businessweek published an article about what other companies could learn from Carr. Jim Cramer, the host of the television show Mad Money, pointed to Carr’s honest and straightforward approach as something businesses should emulate.
Carr is the founder and chairman of Give Something Back, a non-profit charity that provides academic mentoring, social guidance and college scholarships for students from lower-income families throughout the nation. Since its inception in 2003, the organization has contributed more than $25 million for mentoring and scholarships.
In March 2016, Carr was appointed by President Obama to a key White House post on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council. He also serves on the boards for Bid Pal, Lewis University in Illinois, Ed Snider Youth Hockey and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership.
He is the author of Through The Fires: An American Story of Turbulence, Business Triumph and Giving Back and Working Class to College: The Promise and Peril Facing Blue Collar America, both distributed by the University of Illinois Press.
Founder, Bob Carr, on “Steve Adubato On The Air” (13:08)