Meet the Retailer: Rob Baumhover

Posted on: May 26th, 2017 by Rob Baumhover


Rob Baumhover

Hello Friends! For those of you that I have not met, I’m Rob Baumhover, Director VGM Retail and Vendor Programs. I have been with VGM for 7 wonderful years. I’m originally from Dubuque, IA which is located on the eastern part of the state bordered by the mighty Mississippi River. I currently reside in the Cedar Valley and work at VGM Corporate in Waterloo, IA.

Before joining VGM in 2010, I worked in a variety of positions with big-box retail companies including Bed, Bath & Beyond, Hobby Lobby, Menards, Eagles, Lowes, and Wal-Mart. Over the 25 year span of my retail career, I have opened and managed numerous big-box retail stores throughout the Midwest, with various responsibilities including the daily operations of stores, financials, setup, ordering of merchandise, inventory management, and the hiring and training of management and sales employees.

While at VGM I have had the pleasure of helping over 300 VGM members to date. This experience has allowed me to better understand the wants and needs of our members. The knowledge acquired has aided in the development of our retail program and services. Our program and services continually change as our industry advances forward. This innovative program allows us to provide you, our valued VGM members the best help, knowledge, and expertise in the industry.

The most rewarding part of what I do is getting the pleasure of working with you, our members. I enjoy rolling up my sleeves and working alongside our clients to determine the “what” and the “how” to make their businesses more profitable.

For those of you who will be attending our Heartland Conference, please stop by my and Maria Markusen’s presentation on Inventory Management: Digging Deep to Fill Inventory Holes on Wednesday June 14th at 9:15. If you can’t make it be sure to come check out our Retail Training Lab.

Rob Baumhover
Director, VGM Retail