|Robert Bell's Biography|
The life story of Robert Bell is both inspirational and educational. The transformation of a street smart middle class kid into the "Sun King", the founder of the Banana Boat brand and the man who helped create the sun care industry, is remarkable. It's also classic Americana: Robert Bell's rise from a teenage lifeguard to industry titan encapsulates the passion and power of the American Dream. One cannot help but feel inspired by Bell's triumph over multiple adversities to attain astonishing success.
Always the maverick, Bell grew up as a rebel (and sometime trouble-seeker) in a tough middle-class Miami neighborhood. While his older brother and younger sister were excelling at academics, there was some concern about Bell's future. However, with his success in high school athletics, primarily football (which he later pursued further in college and beyond -- even playing semi-Pro for a while), his life began to turn around. He developed an indomitable work ethic and a fearless entrepreneurial spirit.
In remarkably short order, Bell proceeded to build the Banana Boat sun care brand from, literally, a garage operation to the global consumer products giant that it still is to this day. After making several fortunes in the sun care industry, Robert Bell proceeded to make several more in real estate and other industries. Impressively, in the midst of all this intense business activity, Bell has maintained a high level of physical and emotional well-being. Through frequent exercise, meditation, and quality time with friends and loved ones, he has managed to preserve a healthful balance of mind, body, and spirit.
In recognition of both his business success and his role in the fight against skin cancer, Robert Bell has been honored by both President Bush (Sr.) and President Clinton. He is also the recipient of Merrily Lynch/Ernst & Young/Inc Magazine's prestigious "Entrepreneur of the Year" award, listed in Entrepreneur Magazine's "Top 40 under 40", and has also been inducted into the American Entrepreneurs' Hall of Fame. A statue of his likeness is on display at the Florida International University Hall of Fame where he is honored as a distinguished alumnus. Bell has been sought after as a business speaker and consultant across the world and he has assisted hundreds of successful companies in multiple industries as both a consultant and an investor. In short, Robert Bell is acclaimed as one of America's premier business leaders.