This year OED is recognizing and celebrating Frederick County’s young professionals who are leaders in their industry, give back to the community and add significant value to their company and its culture. Join us as we get to know our Top 50 Under 40.
Robert Buckheit III, 34
Director, Business Development and Immunology Services
ImQuest BioSciences, Inc.
7340 Executive Way, Suite R., Frederick
Robert (Bobby) Buckheit III has been the Director of ImQuest BioSciences Business Development program since 2016, helping to cultivate and expand the company’s worldwide commercial business opportunities. Bobby has successfully expanded the ImQuest brand, and brings tremendous scientific expertise and guidance to ImQuest’s business operations. He has a technical background in Immunology and infectious disease, with a Ph.D from Johns Hopkins University, and is deeply ingrained in both local and national academic and philanthropic communities.
What is your greatest professional accomplishment?
My greatest professional accomplishment has been my successful transition from an academic role to a business-oriented career at ImQuest. This resulted in more than doubling the commercial revenue for ImQuest all while being an active volunteer and a new Father.
Name one award you are most proud to have received.
I am very proud to have received the Lehigh University Alumni Award in 2019. It is reflective of my high levels of volunteerism in the local and national Lehigh University community, and the impact that I have made furthering the academic goal of my alma mater.
What is your experience with civic engagement?
Not a civic organization, but I was an adjunct professor at Mount Saint Mary's for two years in 2014 and 2015, and I have given guest lectures at Hood College and Lehigh University for the past 5 years.
Describe your volunteer experience.
For the past three years I have been a Member of the Lehigh University Board of Trustees. This is in additional to being President of the Lehigh Club of Baltimore and performing interviews of college applications in the Maryland region.
Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach your work and why?
I am thankful to my wife who inspires me on a daily basis with her work ethic and drive. In addition to encouraging me on a new career path, she is my constant partner and support system, and role model for how to be an effective and engaged member of my company.
What is your favorite leadership book and why?
Not a traditional leadership book, but I would recommend "IKE: An American Hero." It’s a remarkable story of an amazing leader who was able to forge ultimate victory for his Nation.