Title: Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director
Company: Pro Football Retired Players Association
Location: Park Hall, Maryland
Robert Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director at Pro Football Retired Players Association, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in retirement benefits and technology administration.
After obtaining a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Mr. Schmidt followed with a Master of Science in international business from American University in Washington. He continued his education with a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Georgetown University School of Law.
A former football coach for the Georgetown Hoyas and having received a football scholarship to Notre Dame as a quarterback, Mr. Schmidt has provided superior service as chief executive officer and executive director of the Pro Football Retired Players Association, the first independent and court-established retired NFL player organization, exclusively designed to develop programs and benefits for the betterment of retired NFL players.
Previously, Mr. Schmidt had made his mark in the cable television and telecommunications industry as co-founder of the Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Networks, president and chief executive officer of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, president and co-founder of Wireless Communications Association International, chairman and chief executive officer of Great American Broadband, Inc. and chairman and CEO of Integration Communications International, Inc., a company that developed and operated wireless multi-media services in the former USSR, Ireland and Argentina.
As an attorney, Mr. Schmidt he focused on communications and also served as counsel for individual professional athletes, while serving on the President’s Council for Physical Fitness. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association.
Mr. Schmidt attributes his success to the coaches that coached him in high school who helped develop his work ethic. Paul Briggs, for one, was the football coach at the Bakersfield high school in California. The former governor of Ohio, Mike Purcell, was also one of his mentors. In coming years, he is convinced more needs to be done for military veterans. He was fortunate to have served his country in both the Air Force and the Navy and would like to improve benefits for veterans.
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