Robert Grace, A/IDSA

Robert Grace, A/IDSA

Robert Grace, A/IDSA, has been in business-to-business communications his entire career. He has broad global experience and for nearly 35 years has worked as a journalist, editor-in-chief, publishing executive and key connector of like-minded parties. He has launched successful publications and C-level events on three continents.

While with Crain Communications Inc., he oversaw the relaunch of the 100-year-old European Rubber Journal in London and helped to start Urethanes Technology magazine there. In 1988 Bob returned to Akron, OH, to serve as founding editor of Plastics News, an award-winning, weekly business newspaper. In 2005 he oversaw the editorial launch of the bilingual (Chinese and English) Plastics News China e-newsletter and website. For more than a decade at PN he also held the titles of associate publisher, editorial director and conference director, and most recently served as business development director.

A long-time affiliate member of the IDSA, Bob has organized numerous design-focused events, and constantly strives to help bridge the gap between the design and manufacturing communities. IDSA recognized his efforts in 2013 by presenting him with its prestigious Personal Recognition Award.

In 2014 he left Crain and created RC Grace LLC in Akron, OH, as a consultancy that aims to help companies to enhance their branding and market presence, find business partners, connect with design resources, secure funding and advance their growth initiatives. Learn more at www.rcgrace.com.