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COBE Speaker Series hosts Whole Foods CEO Walter Robb

Walter Robb, Co-Ceo of Whole Foods Market, will be featured in the upcoming College of Business and Economics (COBE) Speaker Series on Sept. 6.
The series is presented by KeyBank and will be a reoccurring throughout the year and will always be on a Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the Skaggs Hall of Learning (room 1301) in the Micron Business and Economics Building.
Patrick Shannon, dean of COBE, described the importance of this speaker.
Walter Robb (Devin Ferrell/The Arbiter)“The issue of sustainability is increasingly important to businesses everywhere,” Shannon said. “We have an amazing opportunity to have Walter Robb, Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market on campus.”
Whole Foods Market opened in Boise in November 2012.  Boise was so excited for Whole Foods that a series of tours of the building filled up in hours.  In each tour,there was room for 1,200 people.
Robb joined Whole Foods Market in 1991 in Mill Valley, CA.  He became president of the Northern Pacific Region in 1993 and grew the region from two to 17 stores.
Robb was promoted to Executive Vice-President of Operations in 2000.  Within a year he became the Chief Operating Officer and then in 2004 he became the Co-President.
Robb now oversees six regions and is a member of the Whole Planet Foundation Board of Directors.  Robb is also on the Advisory Board for the Organic Center for Education and Promotion.
Some previous speakers in the series include: Jeff Sayer, director of Idaho Department of commerce and Tommy Smith, director of operations for the NBA.
The next COBE Speaker Series is tentatively set for Sept. 27.

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