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G. Robert Blanchard, Jr. is Chairman and CEO of WRB Enterprises, a diversified holding company with more than 50 years of experience in the U.S. and the Caribbean. WRB Enterprises is the owner of WRB Energy and majority shareholder of Grenada Electricity Services (Grenlec), for which he currently serves as Chairman. Bob is also a founding partner of WRB Serra, an investment firm focused on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water infrastructure. WRB Enterprises previously owned majority interests in and successfully divested two other electric utilities: Turks and Caicos Utilities (TCU) and Dominica Electricity Services (Domlec), both of which Bob served as Chairman. WRB Enterprises is a significant shareholder in two of the largest commercial banks based in Florida: The Bank of Tampa, which is a privately owned bank with over $1.4 billion in assets; and CenterState Banks, which is publicly traded (NASDAQ: CSFL) with more than $5 billion in assets. Bob serves on the Boards of Directors of both banks. Bob is also an investor in private and public companies and has extensive business and government relationships in the U.S. and the Caribbean. His family holding company has owned and managed businesses in the electric utility, renewable energy development, water and wastewater treatment, telecommunications, banking, industrial controls, heavy equipment distribution, manufacturing, ranching, and mitigation banking sectors since 1952. In addition to his business activities, Bob has been heavily involved in community organizations in Tampa for many years, including the Tampa Metropolitan YMCA, The Florida Aquarium and the Moffitt Cancer Center. He is a past member of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Committee of 100 Advisory Board, and the Ybor City Development Corporation. Bob graduated from Emory University where he received a BA in Political Science and a BA in Philosophy.
Robert Blenker is President & CEO of WRB Energy, lead developer of the Jamaica Content 28MW solar project, and founding partner of WRB Serra, an investment firm focused on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water infrastructure.
Robert is a veteran renewable energy executive with more than 30 years of experience sourcing, developing, and managing infrastructure projects, specifically in Latin America and the Caribbean. He has developed renewable energy projects, vertically-integrated utilities, and sustainable infrastructure in Honduras, Uzbekistan, Nigeria, Mauritania, Colombia, Jamaica, Turks and Caicos, Dominica, and the United States.
Prior to WRB Energy, Robert founded and served as President of the Utila Power Company, a vertically integrated electric utility in Honduras, and co-founded the Tennessee Valley Infrastructure Group, one of North America’s top five wind construction firms. He generated a pipeline of 1,200 MW in wind generation assets as Vice President Development – New Markets for Airtricity. He began his career in the United States Peace Corps where he served as the Country Director in the Kyrgyz Republic, Slovak Republic, Hungary, Armenia, and Nicaragua and held executive positions in Honduras and Uruguay.
Robert is an active member of the renewable energy community and has developed renewable energy interconnection policies for three Caribbean utilities and geothermal legislation and resource agreements in two Caribbean countries. He is a member of the boards of Grenlec, the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum, and the Caribbean Student Environmental Alliance. Robert earned an MAIA in international administration and development economics from Ohio University and a BS in wildlife management and natural resources administration from The Ohio State University.