ABOUT BOB STOHLER
Bob Stohler founded Bloomington Brands LLC in 2003 and has been its managing partner since inception. He retired from the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company that same year. Bob is a Visiting Scholar at the Kelley School of Business with responsibility for the course titled Experiential Marketing. Popularly known as “Brands”, this is a two-semester course where half a dozen students manage the Osmocote brand of plant food under contract from The Scotts Company.
At the point of retirement, Bob was responsible for Scotts North America, a $1.5 billion business unit. He initially joined the company as Vice President of its fledging international division (based in the UK). While there, he identified and negotiated the acquisition of several lawn & garden companies both in the UK and throughout Europe. Prior to Scotts, Bob was President of Rubbermaid Europe and resided in Luxembourg.
Other international postings include England (SC Johnson) and the Philippines (Procter & Gamble). Sandwiched between these international assignments Bob served as CFO of Synthes North America, a then Swiss-owned company that specializes in orthopedic implants.
With two degrees from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, BS '64 and MBA '69, Bob returned to campus in 2003 and now resides in Bloomington, IN, full-time. He is a member of the school’s advisory boards for the Center for Brand Leadership and the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Bob is also a past President of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business Alumni Board.
As an undergraduate, Bob was a four-year manager of the Men’s Basketball Team under coach Branch McCracken. Four members of that team played professional ball. He participated as both a manager and rider in the Little 500 bicycle classic. In fact, he was the manager of the winning team in 1962 that was later depicted in the film, Breaking Away.
Together with his wife of 50 years, Sylvia Wright Stohler, Bob established a fellowship for ex-military officers who are transitioning to civilian life by pursuing an MBA degree at Kelley. Bob’s own military experience was with the U.S. Navy where he served as an officer aboard the carrier, USS Saratoga.
College Football, Reading Newspapers, Disney Movies
University of Minnesota
Running, Dogs, Baking
University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign
Supply Chain Management
Running, Reading, Music
Marketing, Digital & Social Media Business Applications
Minor: Arts Management
Delta Sigma Pi, IU Auditorium, Kelley Guides
Live Music, Dance, Photography, Event Planning, Coffee
21st Century Scholars
Leadership Corps, Teaching Assistant with Dept. Business Law and Ethics
Cats, Marching Arts, Baking, Volunteering, Country Music
Marketing, Business Analytics
The Endowment Consulting and Management Group, Kelley Toastmasters, Honorvol
Classical Trombone, Tennis, Public Speaking