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.

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BRANDS ALUMNI

Graduate Associates

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Caitlin Kimes

Marketing Associate

Graduate Major:

Marketing 

Interests:

Hiking, Beer/Wine, Reading, Baking

Undergraduate School:

Emory University

Undergraduate Major(s):

Linguistics

 

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Thomas Naughton

Finance Associate

Graduate Major:

Finance & Business Analytics

Interests:

Philanthropy, Golf

Undergraduate School:

Indiana University

Undergraduate Major(s):

Accounting, Finance

  

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Cody Webster

Marketing Associate

Graduate Major:

Marketing 

Interests:

Biking, Running, Soccer, Basketball

Undergraduate School:

Miami University

Undergraduate Major(s):

Accounting

  

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Undergraduate Associates

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Isha Barua

Brand Management Intern

Majors:

Marketing, Business Analytics

IU Involvements:

United Way, Consumer Marketing Workshop

Interests:

Hiking, Reading, Hanging with Friends, Concerts

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Emma Kershner

Brand Management Intern

Major: Marketing

Minor: Studio Art

IU Involvements:

Fiber Arts Assistant, Kelley Academic Office assistant, On-Campus Orchestra

Interests:

Reading, Sewing, Painting

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Kayla Oxley

Brand Management Intern

Majors:

Marketing, Business Analytics

IU Involvements:

Dean's Insight Board, Kelley Scholars, K304 TA, IU Bands, Kelley Honors

Interests:

Traveling, Indianapolis Colts, Puns

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Justin Silverstein

Brand Management Intern

Major: Marketing

Minor: Media & Creative Advertising

IU Involvements:

DECA

Interests:

Ice Hockey, Golfing, IU Basketball

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