Bob Dutton joined The CDI Group in 2003
as a Partner after a long and distinguished career in the United
States Air Force followed by a number of national and international
business ventures. Bob has nearly thirty-five years in management,
training and hands-on participation in all facets of military and
civilian operations and planning from start-ups to worldwide operational
Bob began his career in the United States Air Force in 1959 as an
Officer and strike pilot with two tours in Vietnam/Thailand. During
the course of his career, Bob attained the rank of Colonel, serving
over eight years (1971 - 1974 and 1978 - 1983) in the Pentagon, Headquarters
Air Force, Plans and Policy working Joint Chiefs of Staff and National
Security Counsel issues. He was the Headquarters USAF focal point
for both counter and anti terrorism. For one of the eight years,
Bob was put, “on loan" to a Special Joint Task Force as
a senior planner to help design and execute the attempted hostage
rescue in Iran. He later was designated the Director of Joint Operations
(J-3) of the follow-on task force which prepared for a second rescue
attempt, if it had become necessary. In this position he dealt directly
with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and the four Service Chiefs.
During his final year in the Pentagon Bob was directly responsible
for the establishment of a new command (23rd Air Force) under Air
Material Command which had responsibility for all special operations
and rescue for the USAF and in 1983 was made the first Director of
Operations of this new command. This entity is now the Air Component
of the newly formed Joint Special Operations Command. Bob retired
from the Air Force 1986, after 27 years of distinguished service
to our country.
Upon retirement Bob joined Stanford Technology Trading Group International.
While at Stanford, Bob created and managed international trade/brokerage
accounts for aviation (Saudi Arabia and Korea), produce (Chile
and Costa Rica) and oil (Saudi Arabia and Vietnam).
Bob left Stanford, in June 1992 to become Acting President of NetWorldOne
Corporation where he established and directed a multi-national pharmaceutical
trade project with the Newly Independent States (NIS), the former
USSR. Bob worked directly with Soviet counterparts, the U.S. State
Department and a U.S. partner to establish a network of U.S. suppliers
supporting NIS drugstores thereby improving their government’s
capability to provide generic, high quality products to the Russian
people. In 1996, when the networks were secured, Bob turned the project
over for long-term management to his company’s U.S. partner.
In 1996, Bob was recruited by Systems of Excellence to be the General
Manager in support of an SEC investigation of alleged stock fraud
and financial dismemberment by the company’s former Chairman
and CEO. In this role, Bob provided the sole contact and support
for over 200 damaged stockholders and assisted in providing documentary
and testimonial support to a successful Federal investigation which
culminated in 1997.
From late 1997 until late 1998 when the company was sold, Bob was
Director of Operations, Washington Office for CyberMedia Corporation
where he became heavily involved in sophisticated software, local
area networks, telephony, internet services and network service centers.
CyberMedia Corporation dealt directly with Federal and commercial
clients providing sophisticated software applications for the management
and support of their local area networks (LAN's).
In late 1998, Bob helped start Net One Corporation as Vice President,
Business Development. Here he led the effort to bring full Internet
services out of the metropolitan markets and into rural and suburban
areas via small, independent telephone companies allowing them
to improve local Internet services to their current customer base.
This project ended in late 2000, whereupon Bob became Director
of Technical Operations for International Network Integration,
Inc. In that capacity, Bob coordinated activities of engineering
teams operating in such locals as The Library of Congress and the
Architect of the Capitol (AOC) upgrading their IT networks. In
2001, Bob was recruited by Network Resources International to become
their Director of Operations, responsible for the general management
of their Service Operations Center.
In 2003, Bob became a Partner with Corporate Development International.
In this role, Bob is heavily involved in the day-to-day management
of client engagements on both the Sell Side and the Buy Side. He
is also a key leader in CDI’s International Engagements and
Government Contractor Engagements. Bob is a Senior Business Analyst
and as such is involved in the firm’s USPAP Compliant Appraisals
and Valuations practice area. Bob also manages many of the firm’s
website marketing programs for our Selling Clients and website search
programs for our Buying Clients. In 2006, having become a licensed
real estate sales person, Bob founded and currently heads the highly
successful Business Intermediary / Commercial Realtor Strategic Partnership
Bob Dutton holds a BA in Economics from DePauw University, and a
MA Management from Central Michigan University.