2019 Keynote Speaker

Bob Fairchild

Bob Fairchild ’70 retired last year after a highly successful business career and an energetic span of public service and volunteerism that continues today in his hometown of Middletown, Ohio.

Fairchild graduated from Middletown High School in 1968 and Miami University Middletown in 1970 with an associated degree in Applied Science (Industrial Technology, now known as Engineering Technology).

During his career, Fairchild was involved in the start-up and staffing of four major manufacturing facilities in the United States, and represented his company in acquiring manufacturing businesses in Europe. He retired as Vice President of Huhtamaki North America specializing in business development and strategy for the company based in DeSoto, Kansas.

Under his leadership tenure, Huhtamaki received Packaging Supplier of the Year awards from several international restaurant chains including Arby’s, Dairy Queen, Taco Bell and Burger King.

Fairchild has two U.S. and international patents for paperboard packaging designs. He received the national Institute of Packaging Professionals Award in 2002.

The Chamber of Commerce Serving Middletown, Monroe and Trenton bestowed two Faith in the Future business awards on Fairchild, and he received the 2013 YMCA Humanitarian Award.

Earlier in his career, Fairchild served as president of Ample Industries, Franklin, Ohio; general manager of Temple-Inland, Sacramento, California; plant manager of International Cellulose, Houston, Texas, and production supervisor of Diamond National, Middletown, Ohio.

Fairchild and his wife Nancy live in Middletown. The couple has five children and 15 grandchildren.