Robb is the baking industry’s chief advocate and spokesperson, bringing his decades of experience, knowledge of policy, and meaningful relationships to promote and protect the interests of businesses in the baking sector.
Robb oversees all aspects of ABA’s administration and operations, representing the interests of almost 800,000 skilled employees of the $154 billion commercial baking industry. A recognized leader of the Washington business community, Robb is a co-chair of the Food and Beverage Issues Alliance and facilitator of the food and beverage association CEOs forum. In addition, he is the vice-chair of the National Association of Manufacturers Council of Manufacturing Associations. Robb also provides strategic guidance as a member of the Kansas State University Grain Sciences and Industry Advisory Committee.
Before becoming ABA’s President and CEO, he was ABA’s Vice President of Government Relations. Prior to ABA, Robb worked for Congressman Jim Kolbe of Arizona, primarily responsible for domestic spending bills. Additionally, he represented the construction industry for the American Subcontractors Association and the Associated General Contractors.
Actively involved in the local community and political activities, Robb served on the Judicial Nominating Commission for Howard County, Maryland. Robb graduated from Frostburg State University with a degree in Political Science. He and his wife Barbara have two children.
Robb’s expertise, roles, and responsibilities
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Spokesperson for Industry
Executive Committee and Board of Directors (President)
ABA Retirement Plan Board of Trustees
ABA Strategic Plan
Baking Industry Groups:
- International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) Committee
- Kansas State University Grain Sciences and Industry Advisory Committee
- Food Industry Groups:
- Food Critical Infrastructure Group, (Co-facilitator)
- Food & Beverage Issue Alliance (ABA co-chair)
- National Association of Manufacturers Council of Manufacturing Associations (Vice-Chair)
LECTURE BY ROBB MACKIE
Participant in Panel Discussion
Session 5, 18 June 2022