Coach • Trainer • Leader

Bob completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and also has done Ph.D. work at BGSU. (ABD) At BGSU he received the Distinguished Service Award. He has been married to his wife, Joan, for 49 years and they have two grown children and two grandchildren. He spent the first 20 years of his career in public education as a teacher, coach, principal and as a school superintendent, having served school districts in Ohio, Oklahoma, and Wyoming. In Wyoming he was a member of the State Board of Education and in 1985 received the Businessperson of the Year Award in Evanston, WY.

Bob founded Creative-Leadership Consultants in 1988, a human resources company, in San Diego, California, and grew it to 15 professionals and 4 licensee offices. He has owned and operated a general retail bookstore, a general insurance agency, and a retail software/computer store. He has also worked in manufacturing and construction. The creator of the Choosing Winners™ Hiring System, he has completed more than 300 key leader searches with a 98% success rating and trained hundreds of managers on how to do effective interviewing. His system has been implemented in hundreds of companies. His client companies have included In-N-Out Burger, Brighton Collectibles, Irby Construction, Hunter Industries, Rex Materials, and QSI Corporation.

Bob has given more than 400 presentations to business groups and companies in the United States and Canada, and numerous other presentations for select conferences, conventions, and other business meetings, many times serving as the Keynote Presenter. He is active in his church, Celebration Community Church and leads the Ministries for Men providing mentoring and other programs. In 2016 he received the HR Lifetime Achievement Award from Columbus CEO Magazine.

Bob is a Christian Abstract Artist using ink on paper to draw free-hand abstract designs based on various passages from Scripture. He has also published a book of some of his designs, “In the Beginning…The Art of Bob Spence” under the label Adonai Art Designs LLC. He is well-known nationally as a Senior Human Resources Professional, speaker, coach, trainer and leader.


Convene’s mission is to connect, equip, and inspire Christian CEOs and business owners to grow exceptional businesses, become higher-impact leaders and honor God. Through peer-to-peer and executive coaching insight. Growing toward increased personal and business impact. Leading to an ultimate Kingdom legacy.


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