Bob Juckniess

Results-Focused Chicago Area Executive

As chairman and CEO of the Royal Buying Group, Inc., over the past two decades, Robert “Bob” Juckniess has guided the Lisle, Illinois, firm’s growth into a $500 million dollar member organization. Over the past several years, Bob Juckniess has directed a nearly 1,500 percent internal growth rate for operations spanning gas stations, convenience store chains, and truck stops.

Robert Juckniess' 50-employee firm has achieved Crain's Chicago Business recognition as one of the region’s fastest-growing privately held firms. A key aspect of growth for the $500 million revenue company, with operations spanning Canada and Germany, has involved setting in place a new sales team bonus approach. He has guided gains in employee morale while reducing health care costs significantly.

Mr. Juckniess previously led the RWJ Management Companies, Inc., in building up one of the largest BP franchise operations nationwide. Over an 18-month period he grew the company from the ground up to $150 million in revenue. He also operated more than 50 Shell-branded properties across the Cincinnati and Indianapolis markets. Community focused, Bob Juckniess has spearheaded charitable giving programs on behalf of Thanksgiving food drives and Toys for Tots.

Donating Gifts to Toys for Tots

Robert “Bob” Juckniess has served as chairman and chief executive officer at Royal Buying Group, Inc., since 1995. Beyond his business leadership responsibilities, Bob Juckniess engages with charitable organizations such as Toys for Tots.

Toys for Tots became a Secretary of Defense-approved activity of the US Marine Corps. Since that time, local community organizations throughout the country have organized Toys for Tots drives to collect new, unwrapped Christmas gifts for children in need.

When it comes to purchasing and donating a gift as part of the Toys for Tots program, individuals have a variety of options. The organization refrains from providing annual lists of popular toys in order to avoid a flood of similar items every year. As far as inappropriate donations are concerned, Toys for Tots will not accept food as part of a donation and will not gift any toys that too closely resemble realistic weapons.

Toys for Tots does offer some guidance when it comes to buying for older members of the youth community, as these age groups are sometimes overlooked in favor of young children. Popular items for adolescents and teenagers include sports equipment, literature, school necessities, and electronics. To learn more about donating, visit www.toysfortots.org.

Golfing on the Emerald Isle

Robert “Bob” Juckniess chairs and serves as chief executive officer for Royal Buying Group, Inc., in Lisle, Illinois. In addition to his work, Robert “Bob” Juckniess enjoys golf and international travel. He recently combined these two interests in a golfing trip to Ireland.

On the Emerald Isle, Ireland, a variety of excellent golf courses abound. Golfing luminaries and celebrities including Tiger Woods, Bill Murray, and a host of others have commented publicly on the pristine beauty and well-tended greens that are Irish golf courses’ signature. One of the most notable courses is found at the Royal Country Down Golf Club, located in Newcastle and established in 1889. It is known as one of the most photographed courses in all of golf, particularly the picturesque ninth hole.

Another golfing club of note in Ireland is the Royal Portrush Golf Club, which boasts extraordinary views of the North Atlantic along with a course that served as host for Ireland’s first Open Championship in 1951. These are just two of Ireland’s many acclaimed golfing destinations – many more windswept, green landscapes await the intrepid golfer.

Gleaners Meeting Fresh Milk Needs

As the CEO of Royal Buying Group, Inc., Robert (“Bob”) Juckniess maintains divisions in three countries, which include more than 6,000 participating retailers. A strong stakeholder in his community, Bob Juckniess supports various local charities, such as Gleaners Community Food Bank (GCFB).

In October, GCFB of Southeastern Michigan received 4,300 gallons of fresh milk, bringing its annual total to 39,888 gallons. The United Dairy Industry of Michigan has partnered with the Michigan Milk Producers Association and Kroger to provide the much-needed milk donations throughout the year.

All told, Gleaners expects to bring in nearly 62,000 gallons of milk in 2016 that it will distribute to families in need throughout Southeastern Michigan.

Data compiled by Feeding America reveals that milk is among the top needs for food banks, but getting fresh supplies of it into the hands of clients is often a difficult proposition due to storage and refrigeration constraints. As one of the few food banks in Michigan able to store and transport milk, Gleaners is uniquely positioned to meet this important demand.