Until the sale of his company in July 1999, Bob Buford served as Chairman of the Board and CEO of Buford Television, Inc., a family-owned business that started with a single ABC affiliate in Tyler, Texas, and grew to a network of cable systems across the country.
In 1994, Buford wrote Halftime, a book that came out of his mind and heart on how to find meaning and fulfillment in the second half of our lives. Those who read Halftime and Game Plan (published in 1997) often want to know more about the endeavors in which Bob Buford is involved as a result of his own “halftime” experience.
In 1998, Bob launched the Halftime organization, an initiative of Leadership Network to help successful people convert their faith into action and effective results. The mission of Halftime is to develop strategy and resources to equip business/professional leaders to achieve maximum leverage and return on the investment of their time and resources measured in changed lives and healthier communities.
Halftime takes on the challenge of joining two distinct cultures – those of business/professional leaders and nonprofit leaders – in partnerships at the local community level where the business/professional leader sees and touches the lives of the recipients the partnership services.
Shortly after the death of his longtime mentor, Peter F. Drucker, Bob spearheaded the efforts to launch The Drucker Institute. Buford’s 2014 book, Drucker & Me, is his personal story of that friendship and lessons learned.
Bob is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and of the Owner Managed Program at Harvard. He has played active roles in Young Presidents’ Organization and World Presidents’ Organization and served on the board of the Hauser for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard Center Business School. He and his wife, Linda, live in Dallas.