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Commencement | 2012 MBA Convocation Speaker Robert Zlotnik

MBA Commencement Spring 2012

Robert Zlotnik, MBA Commencement Speaker

Read Mr. Zlotnik's commencement address



Robert (Bob) Zlotnik, president and CEO of StarTex Power, has over 30 years of diversified business experience, primarily with service-related entrepreneurial businesses. Zlotnik co-founded StarTex Power in 2004 with his wife, Marcie. StarTex Power has won numerous accolades since its inception. Its customer service has been ranked #1 in Customer Satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates and has been the only retail electricity provider to be named as a Pinnacle Award Winner by the Better Business Bureau. In 2009, the company was ranked by Inc. Magazine as the #1 Fastest Bob Zlotnik, Star Tex PowerGrowing Privately-Owned Energy Company in the United States and one of the 40 Best Places to Work. The company has been named by the Houston Business Journal as one of the 10 Best Places to Work for four consecutive years beginning in 2007 and the fastest growing privately-held company in Houston in 2009.

In 2010, Zlotnik was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist for the Gulf Coast region. He has also been featured in CEO Enterprise Magazine, Smart Business, Inc. Magazine, the Houston Business Journal and Get America Growing. Constellation Energy, a Fortune 500 company, recently purchased StarTex Power.

Prior to StarTex Power, Zlotnik held executive positions with PACE Entertainment, a $700 million international live entertainment company which was sold to Clear Channel, Lifeco Travel Services, an $800 million international corporate travel agency which was sold to American Express and Integrated Roofing and Waterproofing. 

He has served on the Board of Directors for the Houston Chapter of the Texas Exes, The Greater Houston Bowl Association, and the West University Little League. He currently serves on the McCombs School of Business Advisory Council, Pro-Vision, Inc. Board of Directors, and on the Advisory Board of Casa Esperanza.

Zlotnik has a BBA in Accounting and an MBA in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin. During his career at UT, Bob was a member of the Longhorn baseball team and in 1979 was named the Outstanding Graduate Business Student. 

He coached youth baseball for over 15 years and has had numerous former players play at the college and professional level. He has also been a nationally-ranked tennis player. 

Zlotnik lives in Houston with his wife and their three sons.