Robert Puskar is MOPH’s new National Junior Vice Commander and belongs to Chapter 0790 in Arizona. He attended Pennsylvania State University under a full NROTC scholarship and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. He served in Viet Nam in 1967 – 1968 and as a Captain, commanded MATCU-62, First Marine Air Wing, a unit of 150 Marines which was attached to the Third Marine Division, and the 26th Marine Regiment. They operated the airfields at Dong Ha and at Khe Sanh during the Siege in 1968, and also provided perimeter defense. He was wounded during a rocket attack at Dong Ha on March 25, 1968.
Following his tour in the Marine Corps, he joined the IBM Corporation, where he held a number of sales, marketing, and general management positions over the course of his career. His positions included:
-- General Manager, Southwest Trading Area, which included responsibility for Marketing Operations (sales, marketing, systems engineering); Service Operations (customer engineering); Professional Services (including management consulting) and Finance, Planning and Administration, for Arizona, Southern California, Hawaii, and Guam. The Trading Area generated revenues of $356 Million on an expense budget of $50 million, involving 550 employees.
--General Manager, North America Sales and Marketing, IBM Printing Systems Company, a business unit which generated $960 Million in revenue, and included a sales force of 275 people.
--Vice President, New Markets, IBM Technology Group, an $8 Billion business unit. I created new market opportunities through the cultivation of strategic partnerships with worldwide companies in the consumer products, communications, internet appliance, and information technology marketplaces.
While at IBM, he participated in extensive IBM general management, finance, marketing, sales and
product education, including in-company programs conducted by the Harvard Business School.
After retiring from IBM, he became CEO of two startup software companies: Rulebase, in Scottsdale, AZ, and Betasphere, in Palo Alto, CA. Currently, he is the founder, owner and CEO of R&D Ventures, Inc, focused on asset management, equities, options, and commodities trading activities.
He became a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart on December 4, 2000 and served as Chapter Adjutant, Chapter Commander, Commander of the Department of Arizona for three years, and Adjutant of the Department of Arizona for five years, prior to becoming Region VI Commander in 2011. While Department Commander of Arizona, he developed the business case for conducting the 2012 MOPH National Convention in Scottsdale, AZ, and he served as Chairman of the Convention. In addition, he was selected to serve on the National MOPH Scholarship Committee for 2010-2013.