Robert H. Buker, Jr. was named President and CEO of U.S. Sugar Corp. in May 2005. He has held numerous senior management positions at U.S. Sugar for 27 years. He serves on the Board of Directors for U.S. Sugar Corp., United Sugars and the Florida Sugar Cane League. He is also a member of the Florida Bar Association.
Before joining U.S. Sugar, Buker was with the commercial law department of the Miami law firm of Mershon, Sawyer, Johnston, Dunwody & Cole. There, 90 percent of his practice was representing agricultural clients in business matters.
From 1973 to 1979, Buker served as an officer in the U.S. Army, rising to the rank of Captain. He was a pilot in command of a platoon of an attack helicopter company. After his discharge, he attended law school at the University of Florida at Gainesville and graduated in 1981 with high honors.
A native of Bangor, Maine, Buker spent his childhood living abroad while his father served as a medical missionary and later as a physician for the U.S. Army. He lived in Panama, Pakistan and Canada during this period. He received a B.A. in psychology in 1973 from Wheaton College in Illinois.
Buker and his wife of more than 45 years, Barbara, live in rural Glades County and have three children and six grandchildren