Chief Executive Officer of Classical Conversations, Inc., is a job that Robert Bortins was born to…literally. Dissatisfied with the education options she found as a new mom, Leigh Bortins decided to develop her own curriculum, with Robert, her oldest son, as her first pupil. From kindergarten through high school, Leigh home-educated Robert and his three younger brothers.
Fast forward a few years, and Robert earned a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University in 2006. After graduating, he worked as a management trainee for UPS and as a plant engineer for Easy Gardener, a Jobes company. In 2011 he returned to the family business, Classical Conversations, Inc., to develop a marketing program. He was then appointed CEO of the family-owned company in 2012.
Robert is a member of the board of directors of Homeschool Now USA and is on the academic board of the Classical Learning Test. He is also a member of C12 Group, the largest professional development network of Christian CEOs and executives.
Under Robert’s leadership, Classical Conversations has been named a Certified Best Christian Workplace by BCWI for five years in a row.
Robert and his wife, April, live in Southern Pines, North Carolina, with their three young children. Their daughter, Lily, is in her fourth year in CC’s Foundations program. In his free time Robert enjoys playing with his children and golf.