Rob Cochran (#1 Cochran Automotive)
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Rob Cochran sits atop Western Pennsylvania’s most successful private dealer group. But when it comes to running the enterprise that bears his name, there’s not much sitting involved. President and chief executive officer since 1992, Rob directs all facets of the organization’s operations. His presence is ubiquitous. From boardroom to showrooms, in communities and on TV, Rob drives the company with energetic leadership, spirit and vision.
Rob joined the family business as executive vice president in 1987 after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University with degrees in Applied Mathematics and Industrial Management. Five years later, he became head of the organization.
Under Rob’s direction, #1 Cochran has expanded to include 14 new-vehicle franchises at 12 showrooms throughout Metropolitan Pittsburgh. He has positioned #1 Cochran among the top fifteen privately held businesses in Western Pennsylvania.
Throughout his career, Rob has been recognized for his entrepreneurial passion and industry leadership. Most notably, Rob has received General Motors’ highest honor, “The Jack Smith Leadership Award,” every year since its inception in 2001. He has also received TIME Magazine’s “Quality Dealer of the Year Award,” and was a finalist for Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year”.
Rob serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Automotive Association and is active on the boards of Family House, Cancer Caring Center, Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh Public Theater. Personally and through the company, Rob supports more than 30 charities.
Rob and his wife Christina reside in Indiana Township with their five children.