Keynote Address



Robert (Bob) McCall


Bob McCall is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and an avid Steelers fan. Heattended Tuskegee University and majored in Building Construction Technology.

Bob worked 10 years with Bechtel Power Corporations in construction, maintenance, and operations of nuclear power plants and eight years for Alliant Entergy in Iowa at the Duane Arnold Energy Center. Bob became the first African American Plant Manager when he was hired by Progress Energy to serve the Lee Plant in Goldsboro, North Carolina. One year later, he was promoted to General Manager for the EasternRegion Fossil Generation Department. In that role, he was responsible for five plants, traveling maintenance, engineering, and project management. Bob had the opportunity to leave Generation and support the TransmissionDepartment as General Manager of Asset Management. He also served in Distribution as the General Manager of the Southern Region as well as the Vice President of the Eastern Region in Energy Delivery for Progress Energy where he was responsible for 13 operation centers, serving 350,000 customers.

After 33 years in the industry,Bob retired from Duke Energy as General Manager of Fleet Services where he was responsible for managing over 13,000 vehicles and mobile equipment valued at over $600 million, operating in six states with 58 locations.

Bob is author of Zero Accidents and Injuries: Are You Willing to Pay the Price? Currently, he is President of Inspire High Performance, LLC where he follows his true passion of helping companies and organizations build a culture of high performance where all can work at their top potential every day, thus preventing injuries, saving lives, recognizing errors, and improving processes.

Additional activities and interests include public speaking to youth and men's groups, and volunteering with many charities and civic groups. Bob's motto is: "Make a difference everywhere you go."