On Friday, October 14, Shippensburg University honored 10 alumni at the annual Alumni Awards Ceremony during its Homecoming Celebration. The alumni were recognized in five different categories that recognized their achievements and contributions professionally and in their community.
Robert J. Lieblein – Distinguished Alumni Award
Rob Lieblein graduated from Shippensburg University in December 1983 with a degree in Accounting and Mathematics/Computer Science. Rob was hired by KPMG and enjoyed a successful career there for the next 13 years. Always having a desire to be an entrepreneur, Rob left KPMG and started a business with his good friend, John Zentgraf ’80. Over the years Rob and John acquired several companies, and at the same time started a consulting and investment banking firm that ultimately became focused in the insurance industry. Over time, Rob focused all his efforts on consulting and investment banking in the insurance industry, which led Rob to be recognized throughout the country as one of the leading investment bankers in the insurance distribution industry. To follow his dream of entrepreneurship, Rob started his own financial services firm by merging 24 of his clients from across the nation to create one of the largest financial services firms in the country. On January 1, 2017, the Alera Group was formed and 5 years later was one of the top 15 financial services firms in the country with over $1 billion in revenue and over 3,500 plus employees in over 150 offices across the country. While Shippensburg created a tremendous academic opportunity for Rob, the experience was beyond academics, and really helped to shape Rob’s personal and professional life. Rob joined Acacia Fraternity his freshman year and those experiences and relationships still exist today. Giving back to Shippensburg has always been a goal for Rob so other students can experience being part of the Shippensburg University family. Rob is excited to establish the Robert J. Lieblein College of Business Scholarship to help deserving students live the Shippensburg University experience. Rob will meet his first scholarship recipient during the 2022-2023 school year. Rob serves on the John L. Grove College of Business Advisory Board. He is a father to two daughters. Rob and his wife, Kelly, support various causes throughout the United States through their foundation.