Robert H. Rothkopf

Retired President and CEO, Semblex Corp. Elmhurst, Illinois           
B.S. Management, 1967
M.S. Management, 1973

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After graduating, Robert Rothkopf built a career in the automotive and metalworking industries and has given back to NIU as a volunteer, philanthropist and instructor.

He joined the Chrysler Corp. while he was a full-time student, completed an executive training program there and served as a foreman, shipping supervisor and production control supervisor.

By 1970, Camcar Textron welcomed Rothkopf, and he worked his way up the ranks and became president in 1986. He then moved on to Elco Textron, where he served as president of the industrial products division. By 2000, Rothkopf started his own metalworking industry consulting firm, Rothkopf and Associates. From 2004 until 2010, he served as president and CEO of the Semblex Corp.

As a member of the College of Business Board of Executive Advisors for 22 years, he helped spearhead the BELIEF program, Career Compass and the Passport Program. He has also served on the board of the NIU Rockford Alumni Club and has mentored students at the College of Business for the past 10 years.

In 2010, Rothkopf began his teaching career at NIU, sharing his experience with honors business students. He is known as a charismatic instructor who encourages students to reach their full potential.

Rothkopf has received the Marketing Honor Society’s Excellence in Corporate Achievement Award, was named a Rockford Area Distinguished Alumnus and was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Department of Management.

Several charitable organizations have benefited from his involvement, including United Way, the Golden Apple Foundation and Rockford MELD, an organization that provides shelter, education and life skills training to young parents.

Thanks to the Robert and Catherine Rothkopf Leadership Scholarship, several students each year have an opportunity to build their careers.


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