MEET BOB FOGALTHE VETERAN
Robert Fogal, Jr. is our President & CEO. His 38 years with IMI began in 1987 as a college internship, while pursuing a degree in business management from Liberty University. He decided to take a closer look at the company that his father started back in 1973. At the time, IMI had just landed a new national account that required additional people to help set up and service customers nationwide. After making trips to commercial tire dealers and fleets, his interest was peaked in both the industry and the opportunity to continue servicing this new business. His early days were primarily focused on field installations and the customer service role of setting up new customers with an equipment system to install a new product called Pressure Seal. He also followed up with customers by making phone contacts to assure that all was going well and to secure reorders. This contact with our customers, along with working together with IMI colleagues and suppliers over the years, helped to prepare him for leadership roles in the company in the late 90s and 2000s.
When it comes to discovering opportunities, they say it’s about who you know. In Bob’s case, he was blessed to know the person that started IMI—because it was his father. As his career started with the company in a customer service role, he eventually transitioned into sales and later to a managerial role. As a small company with many initiatives going on over the past three decades, it’s been an exciting place to learn. Bob says it’s been worthwhile to be involved in a variety of business activities and getting to work with so many outstanding employees and customers over the years.
As an IMI veteran, there are a number of experiences that he’s encountered, and Bob says he can help customers by answering solutions-related questions or connecting them to another IMI resource for help.
Outside of the office, Bob and his wife, Tammy have been married for 32 years and love hanging out together. A hobby that they picked up early on as a couple has been antiquing and going to auctions for a variety of items. They appreciate old homes and early architecture because of the unique character and history that they bring to a space. They also enjoy spending a lot of time outdoors and having farm animals like chickens, goats, cows and, of course, cats. Generally speaking, Bob enjoys most sports and continues to pull for his favorite football team—the Washington Redskins. Playing board games is also something he loves to do when getting together with family or friends and believes that exercise and reading are nice ways to start the day.
GET TO KNOW BOB…
BOB’S favorite Core Value is OTHERS FIRST.
It’s foundational to why we exist as a company. Our purpose is to faithfully serve others so that we can help them succeed.
BOB'S MOTTO IS...
BOB’S favorite part of working at IMI…
That’s easy…..the variety of interesting and meaningful work that I get to do with a team of extraordinary people!