Bob Habl received two degrees from Lynn: B.A. in history and political science and M.P.S. in international management. He resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with wife Ada (a computer science professor at Georgia Tech) and 3-year-old daughter Ava. He is a regional vice president for Calamos Investments, overseeing sales and distribution in the Southeast territory. Habl recently named one of his favorite professors’ offices in the new Mohammed Indimi International Business Center.
“I really wanted to put my name on two offices since both Jim Miller and Ralph Norcio were big influences on me and helped me so much while I was a student at Lynn,” he said. “But my wife told me I needed to give someone else a chance to contribute. So I flipped a coin. Miller won.” Professor Miller encouraged Habl to apply for an internship at investment firm Dean Witter in Boca Raton, thinking it would be a good fit. And it was. Bob loved it immediately and was hired right after completing a six-month internship there.
“Jim Miller took a kid like me who didn’t know what he wanted to do, gave me the foundation to build on and guided me into a career I still love 17 years later. If he hadn’t tapped me on the shoulder and told me to go over to Dean Witter, I can’t imagine where I’d be today.”
Habl is active with Lynn’s Atlanta alumni chapter and is a member of both the Lynn University Leadership Society and PAAC (President’s Alumni Advisory Council). His message to alumni is to get involved with their alma mater. “People think they have to give big amounts of money to stay connected. That’s not true. It’s not about a dollar amount; it’s being involved that matters.”