ANGELO STATE DECEMBER MODEL RAM: Charles D. (Dick) Robertson
October 21, 2019
Please give us a little bit of your background, your hobbies, what you like to do you in your spare time, etc.:
After graduating from ASU with my BBA in 1971, I spent six years with GTE-Southwest in Dallas and San Angelo. I left GTE in 1977 to start my own irrigation company, then moved to Austin in 1980 to begin working in the investment securities industry. I started my own investment firm there in 1990, then moved that firm to San Angelo in 1995. I did so for several reasons. My parents and many of my good friends from my ASU days were still there, plus I always loved the diverse business and social cultures that exist in the Concho Valley area. As an avid outdoorsman, West Texas provides me with a broad array of enjoyable activities including golf, fishing, hunting. An added bonus is the amazing range of cultural attractions there including art, music, and theater.
What is your current occupation?:
I am currently the CEO of Dreher Investment Services, Inc. but am in the process of shifting to a semi-retired position in the coming year. Building that company has been a joy for me, and I have been fortunate to be able to train a young transition team to carry on that firm’s mission. Coincidentally, three of the firm’s six employees are ASU graduates! I hope to spend more time in the coming years, God willing, traveling with my wife, Mary, and enjoying my grandchildren and my many outdoor hobbies.
While at ASU were you involved in any organizations or teams and what was your role?:
Campus involvement was one of the most rewarding parts of my wonderful time at ASU. I was a founding member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, was an ASU cheerleader during my sophomore year, was a member of the Freshman Honor Society. I also participated in numerous intramural sports activities and student government.
In what ways did ASU help you to achieve your goals after graduation?:
More than anything else, ASU provided me with the motivation and opportunities to develop key skills in the areas of leadership, team dynamics and independent/innovative thinking. Those skills have benefited me in every aspect of my life, from marriage to child-rearing to business management.
Were there any faculty or staff that made a difference for you during your time at ASU?:
I honestly enjoyed and respected every professor that I had in the Business School at ASU, but I may have been most positively affected by one of the Chemistry professors, Dr. Michael Carlo. Right in there with him was the splendid example provided by our University President, Dr. Lloyd Vincent. He challenged all students, faculty, and staff to carry their share of the load in making ASU an outstanding school in our region.
Can you please provide a quote about your experience at ASU/what ASU means to you?:
Angelo State University represents the best of what can be attained in a secondary education environment. It fosters not only quality educational preparation for your career-of-choice but also a very positive environment for personal and spiritual growth. That is a combination that is hard to beat!