Employee Spotlight: Bob Hellman

Employee Spotlight: Bob Hellman

Bob Hellman began a one-man shop in 1966, specializing in design, illustration and animation. Today, Hellman employs more than 30 talented people in three states and offers a full-service marketing and advertising menu. From $400 in start-up capital to more than 400 clients served, Bob has answered every curve ball the industry has thrown his way.

How long have you worked at Hellman?

I’m in my 52nd year.

What is your role with the company?

As Chairman of the Board, I help lead the agency by looking at the “big picture” for our future. As Executive Director of Build Our Ballpark (the nonprofit we founded in 2008), I work with communities to help raise awareness and funding, and coordinate communications to get all related projects completed.

How did you learn to do what you do?

I went to college, and I worked all kinds of roles at agencies, publishing companies and corporations.

Describe a favorite project you’ve worked on.

Most of my favorites are sports-related: the Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park opening day materials, branding and opening the Cedar Valley Sportsplex, everything Build Our Ballpark has done… I also really enjoyed working on Con Edison corporate and public relations materials in the 90s.

In your time at Hellman, what are you most proud of?

Our long tenure as one of the country’s most accomplished employee-owned agencies, the success our projects have brought to our clients, and the many outstanding creative people whose careers we’ve helped develop. I can’t wait to celebrate our 50th anniversary next year.

What’s your favorite quote that applies to your work?

“Those who do not learn from history are forever doomed to relive its mistakes.”

What is something people might not know about you?

I run about 25 miles a week.

What do you enjoy outside of work?

I collect fine wines, drive sports cars, and collect baseball memorabilia.

His co-workers say that Bob is:

“Generous, dedicated, confident and caring.” “He emphasizes character over reputation.” “He was the first hustling entrepreneur (before it was cool).”