Bob Vander Plaats is president and CEO of The FAMiLY LEADER. His passionate
leadership for the betterment of America's families has earned The FAMiLY
LEADER the 2010 "Family Champion" award presented by CitizenLink, an
affiliation of Focus on the Family. His leadership and voice for the family is
frequently noted and his comments are widely requested by a vast array of
national and international media outlets. The Wall Street Journal, Fox News,
and many others have referenced Bob as "Kingmaker," while Bob prefers the
designation of "Standard Bearer."
Bob is author of Light from Lucas, a true story of how God uses the weakest
among us to have the greatest impact. The book gives a poignant account of
Bob’s son, Lucas, who although severely disabled at birth, offers important
life-changing lessons. Light from Lucas is a Barnes and Noble "Recommended
Read" and has earned the authentic "Chuck Norris Approved" seal.
In addition to being an author, Bob is a highly sought-after speaker. His
passion to make a difference is contagious and his insight intriguing as he
weaves lessons from his various experiences and leadership successes in
education, health care and human services, politics, business, and ministry.
Bob received his Master's and Specialist's degrees from Drake University in
Educational Leadership. He is a recipient of Northwestern College's (Iowa)
"Distinguished Alumni" in the area of professional achievement.
Bob and his wife, Darla, recently celebrated 30 years of marriage and are
blessed with four sons.