Robert Coker is Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, of U.S. Sugar. He is responsible for managing the company’s federal, state and local government affairs department and the company’s corporate and charitable giving programs encompassing numerous community and employee-relations activities. As a member of senior management, Coker also actively participates in corporate matters involving real estate, environmental regulation, budgeting and allocation of capital.
Prior to joining U.S. Sugar in 1982, Coker spent three years as Executive Assistant to the Executive Director of the Florida League of Cities. Before that, he worked for State Representative Ted Ewing, District 74. Coker holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida State University and has completed graduate work in public administration at Florida State University.
He is a former Chairman of the Board of Regents for Leadership Florida. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Sugar Cane League and the Palm Beach County Economic Council, on the Economic Council of Martin County and on the Board of Trustees of BIZ-PAC of Palm Beach County. Coker is a member of the Board of Governors for the Florida Chamber of Commerce.
In addition, Coker is a member and past President of the Clewiston Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Executive Board of the Gulf Stream Council Boy Scouts of America, and serves on numerous other boards and advisory councils.
Raised in Gainesville, Fla., Coker lives in Stuart, Fla., with his wife, Mendy. They have three grown children, Christopher, Michelle and Melanie, and one grandson, John Christopher Coker.