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Market-Based Solutions to Vital Economic Issues


Prescribing policy that leads to prosperity for the urban disadvantaged.

Robert Aquilino

Research Fellow

Bob began his career in residential construction then moved to global organizations as a senior executive with domestic and international success in driving growth and investor returns. He has served as President/CEO of small–middle market portfolio companies as well as Fortune 100 strategic business units. His background includes leading operating divisions with notable brands such as Pepsi™, Frito Lay™, Kidde™, Onity™, Invisible Fence™, VingCard™ and Schlage™. Living and working abroad, Bob has significant global acumen as a general manager of B2B fire and security products and services and consumer package goods.

A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, Bob has extended executive study at Oxford University/Templeton College, as well as, Darden and Wharton graduate schools of business. Additionally, he has served as a guest speaker and advisor on Leadership Development at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business. Bob was recently named as an Adjunct Professor at Kenan-Flagler and board member of the business school’s Partnerships In Aging Process (PIAP).

He became a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) at age 40 and has served his community as a mentor/coach for CED and SCORE. Bob also served as a board member and big brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Council for the Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Stop SIDS and the USO in Rome, Italy.