Hamilton County Leadership Academy has named John Robbins executive director. He comes from a family of entrepreneurs, public servants and educators. Robbins says he was raised to believe in the strength of community, the power of people and the importance of leading and making a difference.

Over the course of his career, he has played key roles as both a business owner and an executive working with startups and small businesses across a diverse set of industries. Most recently, Robbins fulfilled a lifelong dream of owning and operating a touring racing series. His deep family roots in the industry led to the creation of the National Short Track Alliance in 2009. Late last year, his company purchased the fledgling ICAR Top Speed Modified Tour and quickly transformed it into a rising star in grassroots racing. In the first season, the Tour hosted more than 100 teams, doubled revenue, increased sponsorship by 100 percent and sanctioned a race at NASCAR’s historic Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee.

Robbins’ business experience and understanding of the racing industry captured the attention of his peers and earned him the reputation as a go-to expert and valued consultant within the racing industry.

He is president of the Plum Creek Ridge Property Owners Association and served as vice president for The Scene, a young professional networking group at The Center for the Performing Arts. Robbins recently was inducted into Carmel Rotary and facilitates a monthly peer group for Hamilton County business owners. 

He is a graduate of Indiana University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree with honors and high distinction from the Kelley School of Business.

Founded in 1991, Hamilton County Leadership Academy is a 10-month community leadership development program for adults who live or work in Hamilton County. Participants spend one day each month immersed in and learning about different aspects of our government, business and charitable organizations. Through its robust curriculum and study of local issues, HCLA has prepared nearly 700 graduates to assume active roles in serving our community.

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