MARYVILLE, Mo. — With a contribution of $50,000, Rob and Sue Bolin have joined the Northwest Missouri State University Homesteaders Society, a group of public and private donors offering donations of $25,000 or more to the learning center. Agriculture (ALC) from the university, which opened on July 30. 2021.
According to a press release, Rob Bolin’s knowledge of the importance of agriculture in northwest Missouri comes from his longtime ownership of Bolin Auto and Truck Parts in St. Joseph, Illinois. company that his grandfather created in 1951.
“Most of my clients are based in agriculture,” Bolin said in a statement. “My ‘fleet’ is today’s successful farmer who owns several tractor-trailers, many tractors and an assortment of different vehicles. These agricultural fleets are vital to our business.
A 1983 Northwestern alumnus with a bachelor’s degree in business management, Bolin became a salesman in the family business after graduation. He quickly rose to a senior position and became the company’s president in 2004, according to a press release.
In September 2021, Bolin sold the company to FleetPride, where he now serves as Managing Director.
“Our roots run pretty deep in northwest Missouri and in agriculture,” Bolin said. “My great-grandfather was the former mayor of Bolckow and a grain thresher with steam engines in the Bolckow area during the Great Depression. There is a strong connection in my family to northwest Missouri. and agriculture.
A press release noted Bolin’s penchant for family and the Northwest inspired the $50,000 donation, which was dedicated to his parents and provided to ALC’s Robert Bolin Family Kitchen.
“We are extremely grateful to Rob and Sue for their generous support of the Center for Agricultural Learning,” said Laurie Long, Senior Donation Planning Officer at Northwest. “Rob is a die-hard Bearcat. His continued interest and involvement has helped drive many university initiatives forward over the years. When the ALC provided the opportunity to expand our students’ farming experiences, Rob s quickly joined the cause as a Homesteader.
According to a press release, Bolin was a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity while at Northwest. He was also one of the university’s first student ambassadors when Chuck Veatch, Northwest’s admissions director at the time, started the ambassador program.
After graduating, Bolin served on the board of the Northwest Foundation from 1995 to 2002. He also served as president of the foundation from 1998 to 2000.
In 2007, the Northwest Alumni Association presented Bolin with its Distinguished Alumni Award for career achievement, college service, and community involvement at St. Joseph.
Bolin said he was grateful for the many skills and lessons learned at Northwest during his time as a student and through his volunteer service as an alumnus.
“There was such a learning curve, and it was so exciting,” Bolin said, recalling his time learning the intricacies of finance as a member of the board’s investment committee. foundation. “That was before you had laptops and all that. We were analyzing our own data and it was really great – a fantastic learning experience. Not every graduate can do this stuff and realize that ‘there are opportunities in college after graduation that can help you a lot in life. I really encourage more people to get involved in the foundation board, the alumni association and the Bearcat Booster Club – give something back.