Robert Stone Ready to Provide Insight as BOT Alumni Rep

Wednesday, June 30, 2021
News article image

Electrical engineering alumnus Robert Stone will bring more than 30 years of executive leadership in strategic planning, marketing and business development to representing alumni on the Rose-Hulman Board of Trustees.

Semi-retirement has brought 1986 electrical engineering graduate Robert “Bert” Stone more time to assist Rose-Hulman and its leaders achieve the institute’s strategic goals as the Board of Trustees new alumni representative, beginning on July 1. He will replace 1996 chemical engineering bachelor’s/1998 biomedical engineering master’s alumnus Ashvin Lad, whose three-year term concluded with this spring’s BOT meeting.

Stone has spent more than 30 years in the electro-mechanical equipment and water pump industries in various technical and executive leadership roles. He retired as senior vice president of Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Franklin Electric Company, and president of its international water systems business unit.

Stone has since lent his expertise to helping industrial product companies – large and small – to achieve their strategic vision, by advising on global sales, marketing, and business development initiatives, consulting on mergers and acquisitions and integration activities, and coaching a small software start-up’s entrepreneurial founders. He has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Through many years of corporate travel and a seven-year residence in Europe, Stone has developed an appreciation for different cultures and diversified teams around the globe. He also has served on numerous not-for-profit boards, including Chicago-based Smart Love Family Services and Fort Wayne’s AWS Foundation.

His son and daughter-in-law, Benjamin and Melissa (Arbelaez) Stone, are 2018 biomedical and 2019 civil engineering alumni, respectively.