WEST HARTFORD, CT (10/07/2013)(readMedia)-- Robert Petcove A'89, '91 of Jamaica Plain, Mass., has been selected to receive an Anchor Award presented by the University of Hartford Alumni Association during the University's annual Hawktober Weekend. The awards are established to recognize alumni who have distinguished themselves by achieving the highest level of professional accomplishments and possessing the absolute standards of integrity and character to positively reflect and enhance the prestige of the University of Hartford. Petcove is one of five Anchor Award recipients this year.
Petcove is an energetic and engaging business professional who currently serves as area vice president of Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc.
In 2005, Petcove founded Advanced Benefit Advisors, Inc. (ABA), an employee-benefits consulting firm based in New Jersey and Florida. Serving as CEO and president, Petcove focused on personal attention, creative ideas, and proactive service, quadrupling the size of the company over the next seven years. ABA also maintained steady yearly revenue growth, with earnings surpassing $4.2 million last year. This growth paved the way for the acquisition of ABA by Gallagher Benefit Services this past April.
Growing a company was nothing new to Petcove. Upon graduation, he worked side by side with his father for a decade at Benefit Resources, Inc., watching the company grow from eight to 65 employees.
Petcove received his Associate of Arts degree from Hillyer College in 1989 and his Bachelor of Science in business administration from the Barney School of Business in 1991. He has returned to campus as a guest lecturer to share his career journey with current students, and has recently been named to the Hillyer College Board of Visitors.
Petcove is committed to philanthropy and has been a board member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation since 2002. He is a former president of the New Jersey chapter of the Jewish National Fund.
He is also an active member in several professional organizations, including the Society for Human Resources Professionals and the PenJerDel Employee Benefits and Compensation Association.
The public is invited to join in the celebration of the professional achievements of some of the University's best and brightest alumni on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 3 to 4:45 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium on the University of Hartford campus. Admission is free and online registration is encouraged (hartford.edu/hawktober) but not required.