Presidents Club honors Bob Mills with top volunteer award

DAYTON, Ohio – The Presidents Club of Dayton has announced that Robert W. Mills, Jr. is the 67th recipient of the region’s 2017 Citizen Legion of Honor Award. The award, given every year since 1951, is the oldest, most continuous and prestigious recognition of volunteer servant leadership in the Dayton region.

Bob Mills is founder of both Synergy Building Systems and Mills Development, two of the region’s top construction and land development companies in our area. Through Mr. Mills’ intense work ethic and vision for quality development in and around the I-75 and I-675 corridors, his companies have made a huge impact on the creation of office and residential space for decades.

Mr. Mills has generously served as a volunteer leader on more than a dozen corporate and not-for-profit boards over the last thirty years including Greene Memorial Hospital; the Air Force Museum; Wright State University Foundation; and the Dayton Development Coalition.

Most recently, Bob and his family created the Gala of Hope Foundation and have raised more than $6 million to fight cancer and improve cancer care in our region. Additionally, he and his family worked tirelessly to support Dayton Children?s new patient tower supporting local children’s needs for important healthcare services.

“Bob has been an unwavering supporter of Dayton Children’s, giving gifts both personally and from his Gala of Hope Foundation. Bob has set the bar high for philanthropy. His Gala of Hope event was the first in Dayton to raise $1 million,” stated Deborah Feldman, President & CEO of Dayton Children’s Hospital.

Bob has been recognized for his leadership by the Dayton Regional STEM School; Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce; Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; the American Cancer Society’s Man of the Year; and with the Mathile Community Award.

Mr. Mills has given and done so much for our region and continues to do so through the Gala of Hope Foundation. The community and The Presidents Club of Dayton are honored to recognize Bob Mills at their annual luncheon event on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at the Dayton Convention Center from 10:00 a.m. through 1:15 p.m.

Sponsorships and tables are available to honor Mr. Mills by contacting Marcia Bostick at 937-226-8225 or emailing at The proceeds from this event go toward the established scholarships at Sinclair Community College for active student volunteer leaders in our community.

The Presidents Club of Dayton was founded in 1932 by a group of local business leaders who sought to support and stimulate volunteer servant leadership in the Miami Valley through citizens’ active participation in service clubs, churches, schools, non-profit organizations and government. The organization’s leadership and work of advocating and championing volunteer community service have continued without interruption for more than 80 years.