Bob Petchel, SVP Project Management
Bob Petchel has extensive experience as a project development manager identifying and developing strategic programs for businesses as well as non-government organizations. He developed the Stars Program in South Africa from 2008-2012 designed to fill large offset obligations for Bombardier in the construction of the Gautrain Rapid Rail Transit connecting Johannesburg with Pretoria. The Stars program required alignment with in region public/private partnerships to build human and technology capacity in conjunction with the build out and operations & maintenance contracts. Stars is now a self-sustaining training and education program emanating out of the University of Cape Town. Bob subsequently developed similar pilot program models for Bombardier in India, and Brazil, and also for International Electric Power in Haiti.
Bob has served both as President and Project Development in the start up of Worrell Water, a company committed to products and services that deliver secure clean water in sustainable infrastructures, which protect the environment. Bob has worked with Worrell Water since 2005 assessing the commercial viability of its intellectual property in India and Africa. During this time Worrell Water has developed scalable business strategies for progressing its intellectual property toward commercialization.
Bob has had a long history with the University of Virginia. After a 17-year stint on the Virginia football coaching staff, he served as a major donor Development Officer in the Office of Central Development. He represented all areas of the university with specific projects assigned through the Vice President of Graduate Studies and Research. Petchel served during the largest single educational campaign in US history, three billion dollars over a five-year period.
Bob had a long successful career as a college football coach from 1976 – 1998 serving on staffs at Shippensburg University, Dartmouth, The Naval Academy, Penn State and University of Virginia.