Robert (Bob) J. Ctvrtlik [pronounced stuh-vert-lik] is a three-time Olympian in the sport of volleyball. However, his contributions to the sport of volleyball go well beyond his time on the court.
From 1996-2008, Bob was a member of the International Olympic Committee, where he served on the IOC Athletes’ Commission, the link between active athletes and the International Olympic Committee. In 2006, he was named USOC Vice President, International by the USOC Board of Directors. Two years later, he was named first vice president for two additional years.
In December 2008, Bob also joined the leadership team of Chicago 2016 as vice chairman for International Relations. In this role, he led Chicago’s outreach activities to the International Olympic Committee, National Olympic Committees and international sporting federations. He worked closely with Chicago 2016 starting in April 2007, when Chicago was named an Applicant City and moved into the international phase of the bid process to host the 2016 Olympic Games.
Bob has served on the IOC Reform Commission, the IOC Environmental Commission, the IOC Marketing Commission and working groups for the 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008 Olympic Games. A founding board member of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), he served on the WADA Standardization and Harmonization Subcommittee and was Chairman of the Site Evaluation Search Committee for the WADA Headquarters.
Among Bob’s other past duties include serving on the Executive Committee of the Association National Olympic Committees, where he chaired the organization’s marketing commission, as well as the executive committee of the Pan American Sports Organization. He presently serves as a member of the Marketing Commission for the International Olympic Committee.
Despite not playing organized volleyball until a freshman in college, Bob commanded the same type of respect on the volleyball court as he has in his business career. During his playing days as an outside hitter, Bob was heralded by many as one of the best serve receivers and passers to have played the sport of volleyball as the game started to be dominated by powerful players with great jump serves, outstanding hitters and huge blockers at the net. He carved out his place by being perhaps one of the best master technicians of the game.
Bob competed for the United States at the 1988 Olympic Games in which the U.S. won the gold medal, the 1992 Olympic Games in which the U.S. brought home the bronze medal and the 1996 Olympic Games when he captained the U.S. Olympic Men’s Volleyball Team.
Bob began to make an international name for himself in 1986 when he was named Outstanding Defensive Player at the 1986 FIVB World Championship. At the 1988 Olympic Games, he was recognized as the Outstanding Passer.
Bob’s leadership on the team was rewarded by being named captain of the U.S. Men’s National Team from 1994 to 1996. In his first year as captain, Bob was selected as USA Volleyball’s Player of the Year in 1994. In 1995, the Federation Internationale de Volleyball, or FIVB, elected him Best Player in the World.
More recently, Bob was inducted into the 2007 Class of the Volleyball Hall of Fame with enshrinement held in the sport’s birthplace in Holyoke, Mass. Last fall, he was inducted into the Pepperdine University Hall of Fame.
After retiring as an athlete in 1997, Bob and 1992 Olympic Games teammate Nick Becker co-founded Green Street, a company that refurbished and sold distressed properties in south central Los Angeles. During his four years with Green Street, he developed a passion within the real estate industry. After Green Street, Bob and his brother Jeff joined forces to form Veritas Investments, LLC in Newport Beach, Calif. With Bob as its current president, Veritas specializes in multi-family residential real estate on the West Coast.
Additionally, Bob directs the worldwide “IOC Athlete’s Career Program” as a strategic director with Adecco – the world’s largest human resource firm. In 1995, he founded the Bob Ctvrtlik Give Back Foundation to help abused, disabled and disadvantaged children.
He resides in Newport Beach, Calif., with his wife, Cosette, and their three sons: Josef, Erik and Matthew.
USA Volleyball is proud to recognize Robert “Bob” Ctvrtlik with dual honors this year as a George J. Fisher Leader in Volleyball and Harry E. Wilson Distinguished Service Award recipient. He has been a true international ambassador to the sport of volleyball while also perpetuating the Olympic movement in the United States and abroad.