To say that I have been in business since I was a child is not an understatement – mostly because our family business was in the front of our home! My dad established the family business in 1938 as a furniture upholstery and refinishing business. Then in the late 1950’s, he expanded it into the moving and storage business.
Although I was a kid, I really wanted to be involved in the business. My father took me aside and said, “Don’t go out there and be the boss’s son.” Even though as a young boy I understood (somehow) exactly what he meant, it took me awhile to understand what impact it would have (and it really wasn’t until I began reflecting back on my life that I figured it out!).
My true launch into business started out right out of college with some major issues, both personal and financial, in our family business. Within one month of graduating in 1973, my father died. Unfortunately, when I inherited the business, I also inherited its heavy debt. I was thrust into leading the family business with very little annual income, and five employees. Fast forward to 2011, when I sold our financially successful business with over 150 employees. I’ve also started up twelve different businesses and acquired nine companies.
For me, the thing that is most important is faith. My highest desire is to live out my faith – not just talk it, but walk it. I have served 20+ years as a deacon in my church. I’ve also had the privilege to teach in the high school department for almost 30 years.
Any profits from the services of speaking, executive coaching, and training services I provide will go into The Bobby and Susan Albert Foundation to be donated to Christian organizations and causes.
I am an avid reader, but my hobby and passion is long distance bicycle riding! I’ve been riding for over 30 years and have logged almost 100,000 miles on my bicycle. My wife and I completed the “Hotter’N Hell” Hundred Endurance Ride in August, in Texas. And we lived to tell about it!
Susan and I have been married for over 40 years and we have three sons, Rob, Brian and Kyle. Our children are, of course, wonderful, but I have to say, there’s something quite special about our seven grandchildren!