Spanning more than 41 years, Robert Boblett’s many accomplishments contributed to the commercial real estate industry of the Twin Cities. A native of Minneapolis, Boblett graduated from the University of Minnesota. He served during World War II as a captain in the 103rd Infantry Division in Europe. After 26 years with the A.D. Strong Company, Boblett founded Robert Boblett Associates, Inc., an industrial real estate firm.
He held many titles, including president of the Society of Industrial Realtors (part of the National Association of Realtors), director of the National Association of Realtors, vice president and charter member of the Minnesota chapter of the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers, president and secretary general of the Counseling Section of the Federation International Des Professions Immobiliers and member of the board of governors of the American Society of Real Estate Counselors.
Boblett was a member of the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce, the Twin Cities Metropolitan Planning Commission, president of the Minneapolis City Planning Commission and Minneapolis Charter Commission.
In addition to his involvement in a variety of professional associations, he helped write several real estate texts and served on the board of editors of the Minnesota Real Estate Law Journal. He helped develop a course in appraising for the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers. He taught both at the Institute and the University of Minnesota.
The Society of Industrial and Office Realtors® (SIOR) presents The Robert P. Boblett Award to one member annually in recognition and appreciation of his dedication, distinguished service and long standing commitment to the ideals and standards of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors and for his unselfish efforts to inspire others to reach their greatest potential in the real estate profession. The Robert P. Boblett Award is highest honor given by the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors.
Recognized for his strong work ethic, Boblett’s son Robert Boblett, Jr. noted, “My dad worked as hard as anyone I ever know, and he kept on working until the end. He never thought of it as work.” (Star Tribune)