Robert Vowler grew up in Central Pennsylvania alongside three sisters. Because his father was a Methodist minister, the family frequently moved to towns or school districts. No matter where Vowler was, he liked to play sports: wrestling, football, basketball, swimming, and tennis, to name a few. He even spent a few summers as a lifeguard. Eventually Vowler was recruited at Lycoming College for football and wrestling. He majored in accounting and graduated in 1976.
Prior to joining the Hershey Trust, Vowler worked as an auditor at various firms. He attributes much of his cross-functional knowledge to his time as an auditor at Brown, Dakes & Company in Washington, D.C., where he enjoyed the benefits of working at a small firm while still dealing with a great variety of clients. Vowler’s experience with professional sports organizations, country clubs, and more eventually caught the eye of Edward “Ned” Book, the chairman of Hershey Entertainment and Resorts — and launched Vowler’s long career with Hershey.
Since he retired from his full-time work in 2008, just about all of the things that drove Vowler’s career are still reflected one way or another in his personal life… just on his own terms. Years after overseeing the development of Hershey’s scientific research park, he still reads about physics and astronomy in his free time. In place of renovating Hershey properties and investing in the city’s “greenbelt” of real estate, he’s now a one-man maintenance team for his own home. And after decades of traveling around the United States for business, he enjoys vacationing whenever he can with his wife of forty years, two children, and four grandchildren.
Robert Vowler resides in Hershey, Pennsylvania and is seeking out more opportunities as a business advisor.