Robert is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a B.S in Metallurgical Engineering and a graduate of Duke University with an M.B.A. He worked from 1972-1985 with CBI Industries and M.W. Kellogg in various engineering, operations, and quality management roles. From 1985 to 1999 he joined GE Medical Systems and held various positions including Project Manager, Engineering and Operations Manager and Plant Site Manager for the manufacture of MRI systems. In 1999 he joined Maytag Corporation as Vice President and General Manager for the Dishwashing Category business and the Cooking Category business. In 2003 he became Senior Vice President of Research and Development for Maytag. He retired from Maytag/Whirlpool in 2009 and is presently an Adjunct Professor at Lee University. He has held several positions in the supply chain side of the business, including welding engineering, quality management, six sigma coordinator/blackbelt, engineering and design, manufacturing operations, and procurement. Included in these assignments was responsibility for global development activities for operations and engineering.
Hardin’s involvement in community organizations includes: Past-Tennessee Board of Independent Colleges, Chamber of Commerce, United Way, March of Dimes, Relay for Life, Manufacturer’s Leadership Council.
Present – he is a member of 1st Baptist Church, Cleveland, TN., and member of the Business Advisory Council – Lee University, Advisory Board – The Caring Place, Board of Directors and Lead Director for NASG (North American Stamping Group) headquartered in Portland, TN and a member of the Board of Directors, Vermeer, Inc. Pella, Iowa.
He and his wife, Mary Jane, have two children, Christi and Rebekah and two grandchildren, Christian and Hardin