About Robert

Bob Jacobs working at in store Costco demo in Monterrey, Mexico




In 1974 while attending San Francisco State University, majoring in marketing and paying for school by performing with musical groups and taking photographs, I was hired as a part time merchandising assistant with Braun North America,  a national photographic distributor that at the time was one of the most successful in the country. Since then most of my business experience has been earned through successful sales and marketing employment with Gillette, Agfa-Gevaert, International Paper, Ilford Imaging (calling on mass market retailers including Walmart, Costco, Target, Sam's Club, etc.), Edward Jones, and since 2009, self employment professions in sales & marketing, music business management and acting. Additional self-employment details can be found on the Companies page.

Sales & Marketing Customers:

  • 99 Cents Only
  • 7-Eleven
  • Ace Hardware
  • Albertsons/Safeway
  • Amazon.com
  • B&H Photo
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Bed, Bath & Beyond
  • Best Buy
  • Big 5 Sporting Goods
  • BJ's Wholesale
  • Buy Buy Baby
  • Costco
  • CVS
  • Excelligence
  • Family Dollar
  • Fry's Electronics
  • Giant Tiger (Canada)
  • Hammacher Schlemmer
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Hudson Group
  • Khushi Digital Center (Peru)
  • Kroger
  • London Drugs (Canada)
  • Lowe's
  • Macy's
  • Materia Grafica Servicios (Mexico)
  • Menards
  • Office Depot
  • Sam's Club
  • Staples
  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Walgreens





As a father, husband, teacher, author, speaker, youth soccer coach, musician, business man, actor and photographer, I've been fortunate to have experienced a life that I could never have imagined as a young boy growing up in San Francisco. Experience has taught me that continuous and consistent learning is the key to acquiring mastery in almost any endeavor one might desire to achieve. And although I don't believe that mastery should always be one's goal, the benefit of understanding the process so that one can make a well thought out decision about whether to aspire to mastery or not, far outweighs the probability of being successful without understanding the process.

Accordingly, the key skills I've embraced for many years and have been successful at, while at the same time continued to study and move closer to mastery include:

  • organizing & leading groups to accomplish common goals
  • helping individuals set & achieve goals
  • helping people attain sustainable results
  • sales & marketing
  • performing & teaching music
  • public speaking
  • grant writing


During the late 1960's I began writing a series of very short poems which I called Poemettes, a selection of which can be found on the Literature page of this site. Since then I've written several short stories, several business articles that were published in national magazines, and recently completed Book 1 of a three part novel series called, No. 9. As of today the novel is unpublished...but I'm working on it!

The next step is finding a good agent to represent this project to potential publishers.

Bob Jacobs and John Kainlauri performing with Jazz Education Ensemble at Thornhill Elementary School




I get excited about helping other people envision who they can become and what they could accomplish if provided with sufficient guidance and tools. Additionally, significant portions of my life have been and continue to include enjoying the creative pursuit of musicianship, photography, acting and traveling. I've visited six of the seven continents in our global community. Antarctica is next on the list. 


Many of my most cherished memories as well as my most difficult challenges have been a result of working in the music industry. Arranging music and conducting the orchestra for the Marvin Gaye concert at the Oakland Coliseum in 1974 was brilliantly inspiring. While being one of two finalists with a band called PURE FUNK during a once in a lifetime type audition a few years later for a major record deal and failing to be chosen was a depressing, life-changing event. By the way, the other band auditioning "against us" that evening was The Gap Band! And of course as they say, the rest is history.  Nevertheless, Pure Funk's music was in the words of many, "Fantastic". And the proof is that now, 40+ years later we have a hit record in Europe and Asia. The song is, "Nothing Left Is Real"...available worldwide on all popular digital music sites.


I began studying photography when I took an elective photo class in the 8th grade. It was fun and as it turned out I was good at recording images that caused people to think outside of their routine and stirred their emotions. I paid for my college education by taking photos and playing music (...as well as chopping down noxious weeds and working at gas stations). In the 1980's I produced and hosted a TV show called Photography Workshop which after a few months on the air became the highest rated show on the TV station that aired the program. A few photographs from my private collection can be seen in the Photos section of this web site.


The first film I acted in was, "Blood Beach" in 1979, I played a street musician, saxophonist. Since then I've acted in numerous films, TV shows, commercials, internet videos, industrial and instructional shorts, etc. The following link will take you to one of my portrayals as Chief of Police in the film, "Divine Unrest":


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Robert Jacobs

Are you not finding the answers to your questions here? Are you interested in finding out more about how my skills and experience can help you? 

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(510) 653-2450