Robert (Bob) Kembel has been a member of the Congress for New Urbanism and Urban Land Institute along with various trade and builder organizations. He was a regular speaker at the Lee Evans Conferences on builder risk throughout the 1990s and has been a member of the C12 Group for the past seven years. Bob is a past board member of the Brent Eley Foundation in Denver, Colorado. He currently serves on: the Cotton Bowl Board; the Arlington Chamber of Commerce Board and several of its committees, including Executive, Finance, and Personnel; the River Legacy Park Foundation Board; and the Liberty Christian School Board and Master Plan Committee. Bob also runs the youth wrestling program for Liberty Christian School and actively volunteers for Mission Arlington, leading an apartment church.
Bob began his career in banking, as a credit analyst and loan officer for Allied Bank of Texas and Southwest Bank after graduating with a Finance BBA from the University of Texas at Austin. He later joined Guaranty Federal Bank (Temple Inland), leading the out-of-state lending program for builders and developers, concomitantly serving on the bank’s loan committee.
In 1997, Bob joined McStain Enterprises in Boulder, Colorado as Chief Operating Officer. He then joined John Laing Homes as President of the Denver Metro Area until the company was sold. Returning to Texas, Bob successfully converted an entrepreneurial land brokerage and development operation into an institutional platform for master-planned community development and multi-family development, most notably orchestrating one of the largest public/private partnerships in the DFW Metroplex. In addition, he led the first transit-oriented developments in North DFW with the introduction of light rail into Lewisville in 2011.