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Bob Schlichte

Friday, May 19, 2017
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

A self-proclaimed introvert, Bob Schlichte taught himself to push outside his comfort zone to refine the art of ship building — the building of friendships, relationships, partnerships and sponsorships. Bob shares how to develop a foundation that will strengthen all of your ships and lead you to a more rewarding personal and professional life.

No matter the industry, Bob delivers a relevant and applicable message that will improve communication, strengthen personal ship building, and promote leadership. His engaging stories reveal the importance of a solid network and leave audiences inspired and motivated to reinforce their own.  Here are your key takeaways:

  • Gain motivation to get outside your comfort zone and develop life-long ships
  • Be inspired to become a better communicator and leader
  • Discover how to use your existing network to move your ship forward
  • Learn how to survive as an introvert in an extrovert world
  • Recognize how friendships and relationships bring you inside your comfort zone
  • Understand the importance creating a solid foundation and being able to apply it
  • Identify the key ships to approach

Bob’s efforts have connected communities, businesses and people and have strengthened Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures and the Grand Casino brand across the state of Minnesota. Bob has recently begun speaking of how a strong foundation is essential in ship building and what is needed to create a foundation.

SME BobBob Schlichte quickly learned the importance of ship building at a young age. His parents’ divorce left him on his own and working three jobs to support himself while still attending high school. He sold pots and pans door-to-door to pay for college, expanding his network with the strengthening of his ship building skills. After college, Bob spent 18 years with a travel wholesaler, working his way up to Vice President of Sales. He began his career with Grand Casinos in 1991 where he was responsible for the start up of the Casino’s original Play and Stay program as well as the Convention Sales start up.

It was at Grand Casino that Bob focused his shipbuilding on Chambers of Commerces, community leaders and local politicians. During the trying times of state expanded gaming initiatives, Bob secured more than 30 resolutions of support, working with 12 Chambers of Commerce to garner their support for the tribe and casino. In the past 12 years, Bob has served on eight Boards of Directors — five of them simultaneously. He was elected Chair of the Board of Directors for two chambers, and recognized by several chambers as business man of the year,  volunteer of the year and leadership person of the year. Bob knows how to develop and grow a solid foundation that encourages your ships to push you in the direction you want to go in life.

Bob and his wife Kathy are new grandparents to their first grandchild Summer, and proud parents to three adult children. They live in Maple Grove with their dog Jack. An avid golfer for more than 40 years, Bob is a member of Ruttger’s Golf Club and Monticello Golf Club. While not on the golf course, Bob and his family enjoy their summers on Farm Island Lake in Aitkin County.

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Friday, May 19th, 2017

11:00 AM: Registration and Networking
11:15 AM: Lunch is Served
11:45 AM: SME Announcements
12:00 PM: Speaker Presentation
1:00 PM: Adjourn

Program Fee: $24 for SME members, Guests always welcome at $45 per person.

Early Bird rate of $39 when you register before April 30th.  100% refund if you are not able to attend with email notice to before noon on Wed., May 17th.

Location: DoubleTree Park Place Hotel – 394 & Park Place, Minneapolis



Event Location

SME regularly provides members with insights from Twin Cities’ business leaders and experts in their fields. SME’s Lunch and Learn Series delivers ideas, strategies, tactics and approaches that help members stay ahead of their competition and on track with their growth goals

Doubletree Hotel – St. Louis Park
1500 Park Place Blvd, St. Louis Park, MN, 55416