About Robert Regan for State Representative
A Citizens Candidate, Not A Politician
Robert Regan, or “RJ” by which he has gone for the last 46 years, was born in Lansing and has lived in Grand Rapids since 2000. A graduate of East Lansing High School (class of 1985), Robert attended Indiana University and earned a Finance degree before taking a job with the Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati, OH. He then worked as the Operations Research Manager of the family business Plas-Labs, Inc., manufacturer of research laboratory equipment in Lansing, MI, for four years. Robert earned his MBA from Northwood University, DeVos Graduate School of Management in 2000. He owned Laboratory Equipment Manufacturers, a small manufacturing firm, for 10 years before the financial collapse of 2008-2009 led him to a career in professional recruiting. As a professional recruiter, he helped Michigan’s medical device companies, like Stryker and Terumo Cardiovascular find, recruit, and retain top talent from around the country for openings in the State of Michigan. Robert has recently left recruiting to pursue and focus full time on his passion of running for office in the 73rd District as Michigan State House Representative.
Robert’s firm beliefs to “make a difference” are the driving force behind his decision to pursue the open seat vacated by Peter MacGregor’s announcement for State Senate. Robert is very involved in community and youth events:
- Grand Rapids Civic Theater,
- Grand Rapids Ballet Volunteer, Equipper with Relational Concepts (Bible based discipleship),
- Past Leader of Fellowship of Christian Athletes
- Board Member of Shared Pregnancy Crisis Center (A pro-life center offering support to women and encouraging adoption as an alternative to abortion).
Robert is a father of four children (a son and three daughters) and is very involved in their activities and education. He is an active athlete and participates in various running events like the Riverbank Run, Mitchell’s Run, Reeds Lake Run and the Reeds Lake Triathlon and a variety of marathons across the country, most recently finishing the Marine Corps Marathon in under 4 hours.
Robert has a passion for helping young people fulfill their purpose in life and has taught solid life principles based on his book, “Gambling For Life,” that he self-published in 2009. The title may be slightly misleading. But in the book, Robert offers ways to “stack the odds in your favor” by making wise life choices, including the basic building blocks for a successful life based on self-development. A successful life by examining inwardly your mind, body and spirit, then looking outwardly at work, finances and family. In the book, he lays out the case that one of the best things a young person can do to fulfill their deepest desires is to get married and stay married.
Robert announced his candidacy as a Republican for State Representative on November 26, 2013 at various locations throughout the 73rdDistrict, which includes Cannon Township, Courtland Township, East Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Township, Nelson Township, Oakfield Township, Plainfield Township and Spencer Township. Robert anticipates his candidacy as State Representative for the 73rdDistrict to be challenging and fruitful as he has the knowledge and experience as a business owner, employee and family man to relate to the constituents and make a difference in his community. Remember, Regan is the new Reagan!
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