CURTIS D. ROBINSON
Curtis D. Robinson migrated to Hartford, from Birmingham, Alabama, in 1958. He worked two full-time and one part-time job for three years until he was able to purchase a grocery store at the corner of Capen and Vine Streets at the age of eighteen. He later purchased the building and opened Curtis’ Little Pub and Curtis’ Pizza House on the premises. At the young age of twenty-two, Curtis was the owner of a restaurant, grocery store, cleaners, an apartment building and a construction supply company. In 1969, he started the Small Business Development Program, creating over one hundred small businesses in the greater Hartford and Springfield areas. In 1976, he became one of the first downtown entrepreneurs of color with the opening of the Staircase Lounge Supper Club on Asylum Street, facing Bushnell Park.
Mr. Robinson continued to grow as an entrepreneur and today is the owner, operator and President of C&R Development Company, the largest minority construction management company in the east. Mr. Robinson recently owned the C&R National ATM Company, Inc., which was licensed to sell and lease ATM machines in thirty-eight states. He is also the owner of eight shops at Bradley International Airport including a Brooks Brothers and CNBC. Mr. Robinson owns the 55,000 square foot Air Exchange Building located at Bradley International Airport. His other businesses include R&G Services which operates the shuttle bus service at the airport and R&G Parking which operates, among others, one of the largest parking lots in downtown Hartford.
Mr. Robinson is the former President of the Hartford Lions Club. His numerous charitable contributions includes the Urban League of Greater Hartford, The Doc Hurley Scholarship Fund, the NAACP, the Sickle Cell Anemia Association, The Ace Mentoring Program of Greater Hartford, the Gen Yeshiva School, Greater Hartford Academy of Arts, and many more, as well as quietly assisting individuals with medical and hospital care, donating buses to churches and schools, adopting a homeless shelter for displaced children. Mr. Robinson is on the Board of Directors for St. Francis Hospital & and Medical Center in Hartford, and is on the Board of Regents at the University of Hartford. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Hospital Association which membership includes all 28 hospitals in the State of Connecticut. The list of his charitable contributions goes on and on.
Mr. Robinson is the second African American ever to have received a gaming license in the United States. Before the end of the year, he anticipates breaking ground for a new hotel, casino, conference center, and a championship 18 hole golf course on the Island of St. Croix, US, Virgin Islands.
Mr. Robinson’s is currently Cofounder and Chairman of the Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute at Saint Francis Hospital. The CDR/MHI is and innovative partnership between Saint Francis and Hartford area religious and community organizations aimed at improving health in the community. Specifically, CDR/MHI addresses the racial disparities in Men’s Health which provides early diagnosis and appropriate treatment of men at risk for prostate cancer. Mr. Robinson has pledged one million dollars to the MHI to help pay for medical cost of those not covered by health insurance.
Mr. Robinson is continually called upon to speak to school children on issues such as drug awareness, staying in school, how to become a success and mentoring. He is the proud Father of six children and the Grandfather of twelve. Curtis continues to do these things without fanfare.
AFFILIATIONS AND AWARDS:
- NAACP- Award – 100 most influential African Americans in CT
- Hartford Business Journal – Diversity Award Winner 2009
- Washington Aid to Higher Education
- Lions Club of Hartford, CT - Past President
- One Hundred Club
- Who’s Who Among Black Americans-Listed Member
- Re-Entry Ministry –Bridgeport, CT
- Urban League of Greater Hartford, CT
- Southington, CT Chamber of Commerce
- Greater Hartford, CT Chamber of Commerce
- Eastern Chamber of Commerce
- St. Francis Hospital, Hartford, CT – Trustee, Board of Directors
- St. Francis Foundation – Hartford, CT - Board of Directors
- St. Francis Corporation, Hartford, CT – Board of Directors
- University of Hartford, CT – Trustee, Board of Directors
- Harvard Medical School – Cambridge, MA
- Carson Scholars Fund –Towson, MD - Board of Directors
- Tuskegee George Washington Carver Humanitarian award 2011