Bob Beamon, CEO
Olympic gold medalist and record‐breaking track and field star, Bob Beamon, serves as the chief executive officer for the Art of the Olympians Museum and Gallery at the Al Oerter Center for Excellence, home of Olympic sports and arts.
A 1968 Olympic gold medalist, businessman, philanthropist and author, Beamon is best known for his longstanding world record in the long jump at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico, which remained unchallenged for 23 years. He has since been elected into both the U.S.A. Track & Field and U.S. Olympic hall of fame. On Oct. 18, 1968, Beamon made Olympic history when he broke the world record for the long jump. He jumped 29 feet 2 1/2 inches, beating the previous record by nearly two feet and became the first man to jump more than 28 feet.
Following his international track career, the iconic sports figure became involved in promoting youth athleticism with California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the South Florida Inner‐City Games and the Bob Beamon United Way Golf Classic. He previously served as director of athletic development at Florida Atlantic University and most recently was associate athletic director at Chicago State University. Beamon is an honorary member of the Orange Bowl Committee.