Meet Rob Montgomery – LCC Class of 2021

| April 21, 2021

Rob Montgomery was born in Columbus and spent his early years living in Jackson County. In kindergarten, his family moved to St. Petersburg, FL, and back to Ohio for fifth grade. He lived in Dresden during the heyday of the Longaberger Basket Company, which he found “interesting.” A 2001 graduate of Tri-Valley High School, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting: Forensic Accounting and MBA from Franklin University.

Montgomery moved to Coshocton after meeting his wife Stephanie while employed at ITM Marketing. He is currently employed at Ohio Fabricators, a local manufacturer of filtration products for the automotive, agriculture and off-road vehicle industries. Products are sold directly to the manufacturers for insertion in the vehicles, and Rob’s position is to “help customers find the products to fit their needs.” He enjoys working for Ohio Fabricators, appreciating the “small family ownership of the company” which “allows for flexibility.” He also states, “It is a good company to have in Coshocton and supportive of the community.”

He is interested in learning about more opportunities to volunteer and get involved, one of his reasons for participating in Leadership Coshocton County. Rob wants to gain a sense of community; and from a leadership perspective thinks it is “good to learn new tools. There are always different styles and perspectives that can be gained from meeting others and interacting with them.” Rob is also hoping to “build a network for future opportunities.”

Rob recognizes the underlying problem with drugs in the community and the need for more businesses. He thinks Port Authority Director Tiffany Swigert is “doing everything she can;” there are good organizations and companies in Coshocton but still a large socio-economic discrepancy when compared to the state. There are “good opportunities for residents to contribute and make improvements, if people know where to look.” Learning through the leadership class, Rob thinks the community is “challenged by a lack of media resources; a better way to reach more individuals about opportunities.” “Without social media,” he states, “it’s hard to learn.”

To make the county stronger, Rob recognizes the need for River View Schools to pass a levy, stating, “There needs to be an awareness of the conditions of the schools.” He also would like more employment opportunities which are “new and fresh,” stating, “What does Coshocton offer to keep young adults local?” He would also like to see a way to actively engage younger people in community involvement beyond school groups that promote community service.

Rob would recommend Leadership Coshocton for others as a way to learn about opportunities in the community; to meet others and learn about the community while gaining leadership skills. He states, “You may not be in a leadership role, but someone may look up to you as a leader; something used in all facets of your life.”

Rob is married to Stephanie, a lifelong resident and legal advocate for First Step and they have two children, a daughter, Haley, studying education at OU-Zanesville and son, Ethan, a sophomore at River View.

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