|Michael V. Roberts Sr|
|Roberts Companies overview|
Michael Roberts is the classic American entrepreneur. Born to middle class hard working parents, educated in the St. Louis public school system, he worked his way through college and law school to become one of St. Louis’ leading businessmen.Throughout his rise in business, Mr. Roberts maintained a strong commitment to the African-American community from which he came. Locating his headquarters in the heart of this community, his endeavors over the last thirty-five years have created thousands of jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities, raised the level of economic activity and enhanced the quality of life for the African-American community.
Mr. Roberts' broad range of professional knowledge and experience developed as both a business owner and public official (St. Louis Board of Aldermen, 1977-1985) encompasses the application of innovative financing strategies for large public projects, public-private sector development negotiation strategies, and successful management techniques for urban commercial properties. His leadership in the creation of innovative strategies for financing of redevelopment projects propelled the City into a major redevelopment phase that lasted throughout the 1980s.
In the decades that followed, Mr. Roberts used his extraordinary and creative leadership abilities to build a business empire that encompasses television and radio broadcasting, real estate development, plus hotel ownership and management. Today, he is one of America’s most successful and respected African-American business leaders, and is the recipient of numerous awards such as:
· 2007 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year· Morehouse College Distinguished Leader
· Citizen Ambassador Program, Securities Delegation to China, 1996
· 2009 Trumpet Award for Business
And, selection as a participant in some our country’s most prestigious programs:
· Army War College, 2001
· Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC) ’75 trip to South America, 2008
· Member, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Diversity Advisory Committee, 2009
Mr. Roberts received his Juris Doctorate degree from St. Louis University in 1974. Prior to graduation from law school, he was selected as a participant in special studies programs at the International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France (1973); and The Hague Academy of International Law, The Hague, Holland (1972).
Mr. Roberts is the author of Action Has No Season, Secrets and Strategies to Gaining Wealth and Authority. Book reviews have characterized his work as, “a must read for leaders and entrepreneurs”; “his book proves that Mike Roberts is a capitalist for his time…part existentialist, part-capitalist, he is building a legacy for his family and all aspiring African-Americans who want to participate in the American Dream.” Action Has No Season can be ordered from Mr. Roberts’s website as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other major book retailers.