Rob Hudson, Raytown High School, Class of 1972
After graduating from Raytown High School in 1972, Rob Hudson attended Central Missouri State University, graduating in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Technology. He was on the swimming and diving team all four years and was the outstanding undergraduate and outstanding senior for his fraternity.
Rob moved from Raytown to Dallas, Texas, where he still lives, in 1976. He worked primarily in engineering but spent a short time in marketing. When F&M Systems, for whom Rob worked was sold, Rob was asked to complete some of their outstanding contracts, thus establishing a reputation for never walking away from unfinished work.
From 1986 to 1999 he was Vice President of Systems Integration for CSI Control System International, Inc., where he was responsible for sales, which in 1999 exceeded twenty million dollars.
Rob utilized the lessons he had learned in the business world to then start his own business. He drew up plans to start a company that would reflect his values, competitiveness, and spirit and would create the professional atmosphere he knew should and could exist. He began this venture and Cohesive Automation from his home and incorporated in 2000.
Cohesive Automation, Inc. sells, installs, and services control systems for various commercial buildings. Rob’s company has systems installed in more than 100 school districts, various data systems, commercial office buildings, hospitals, manufacturing plants, and even a few high-end residential homes. In nine short years, with the strong morals and values his parents in Raytown instilled in him, he has taken his company, Cohesive Automations, to one of the top twelve employee rated corporations in Dallas, Texas, ahead of well-known names like Exxon Mobile, American Airlines, and Cisco Systems.
Rob is recognized as one of the top three CEO’s in Dallas according to the Dallas Morning News. He continues to live with his wife of thirty-four years, Linda, in Carrolton, Texas.