Source: The News-Enterprise
ISSUE: State-of-the-art cineplex coming to E’town
OUR VIEW: Dr. Robbins’ achievements are profound
Earlier this year, while being interviewed for a feature article by a newspaper reporter, retired surgeon and local businessman Dr. Robert E. Robbins pointed out a quotation hanging in a frame on his office wall. He said it provided him inspiration and a daily challenge by which to live his life.
It reads, “Follow not where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
By all accounts, Robbins’ path has been a trail of lasting accomplishment in the local community and beyond.
After obtaining his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky and his doctorate of medicine from the University of Cincinnati, Robbins enjoyed a prosperous medical career spanning for more than four decades. He retired as a board certified surgeon in 2011. But he hasn’t slowed down. Robbins’ entrepreneurial spirit and business savvy appears stronger than ever.
His portfolio of investments and thriving businesses extends across a broad stroke of industry.
From helping establish Kentucky Neighborhood Bank to founding and practicing in Surgical Specialists, Hardin Memorial Hospital’s 11-member surgical specialty team, from founding ZirMed, a provider of web-based business management solutions to health care providers, to developing RobinBrooke Senior Living, many might say Robbins has the Midas touch.
Robbins latest investment announced last month is Crowne Pointe Theatre. Along with his six partners involved in the project, Robbins plans to develop a 42,000-square-foot multiplex movie theater on a vacant parcel of land off Dolphin Drive near Crowne Point Business Center. He said the facility will boast the latest in cinema experience amenities including an adult beverage lounge, seat-side concierge service, high-end digital projectors and sound systems, and more.
The investor group’s goal is for Crowne Pointe Theatre to be “one of the best theaters in Kentucky,” according to Robbins.
A state-of-the-art cineplex isn’t what most folks would envision as a retirement hobby for a man in his 80s. But Robbins most definitely isn’t your average 80-something retiree.
In fact, he’s as opposite as one could get.
Currently, the venture capitalist sits as principal investor, co-founder and chairman of two EB-5 capital funding companies, American International Syndication Affiliates and Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee Global Investments. Congress created the EB-5 Program in 1990 to stimulate the national economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors.
Locally, he works through the offices of his Robbins Enterprises business.
Film enthusiasts and even casual movie-goers certainly will welcome what Robbins and his partners have planned.
In the meantime, we’ll watch for the next sequel in Robbins’ interesting succession of flourishing projects.
This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.