Robert Vowler served on the Board of the Milton Hershey School. He also served as President of the non-profit M.S. Hershey Foundation for twenty years. Under his guidance, the Foundation transformed from a simple trust fund into an organization with assets that actively needed to be managed. Vowler oversaw the development of these assets as well as the operations that kept them running. For example, he led the development of the Hershey Museum, for which he raised capital through the M.S. Hershey Foundation and approved the overall design and storytelling.
Some of Vowler’s other notable accomplishments include revitalizing downtown Hershey and overseeing the development of a research park dedicated to advancing high technology and supporting the scientific community of South Central Pennsylvania. Additionally, Vowler led the extensive restoration of the Hershey Theatre, the area’s premier performing arts center. To this day, he considers this one of the highlights of his career.
As the personification of the Trust and the “voice” of Milton S. Hershey’s legacy, Vowler worked steadily to develop new business endeavors and make the Hershey brand instantly visible to visitors. However, he also knew that some of Hershey’s appeal comes from the rural nature of the community — so he struck a balance between land and business by investing in surrounding real estate and preserving Hershey’s “greenbelt.”
As of January 1st, 2018, Robert Vowler’s 5-year contract as an advisor for a hedge fund has officially expired. He still continues to advise another, separate hedge fund to great success.