Date Published: 12/1/2016
"I remember vividly sitting in front of my black and white television at the age of 9 watching Walter Cronkite (one of my role models) reporting the news." That was the moment Bob Saline knew he wanted to embark on a career in the communications field. And although he originally wanted to follow in Cronkite's footsteps, public relations was (and is) his true calling.
Bob Saline, president & CEO (retired) of PRworks Inc., hails from Brockway, Pennsylvania—a borough in Jefferson County. He is the only child of a mother and father who instilled in him a love of people. "My parents would give the shirts off their backs for family and friends. Because my dad worked in the hot end of a glass blowing operation and my mom was a stay-at-home mom, they made sure I got through college without any debt, and did the same for some of our relatives. They were well respected in our community—just really good people."
The life lessons his parents taught him have been carried throughout his life, both personally and professionally. Bob has several passions, but mentoring is at the top of his list. "I have coached those in the PR field, individuals in my church—young families, people I have worked with. I truly enjoy it." Bob is a member and also volunteers at the Rotary Club of Harrisburg and Slate Hill Mennonite Church. "I have been through all of the leadership offices in Rotary and this April, I will join a team going to Haiti to put in a water filter at a rural school." In 2015, he and his wife managed the international media for the Mennonite World Conference that attracted more than 6,000 Anabaptists from around the globe and this year "I guided the publicity for our church's bicentennial celebration of the original church."