Over 30 Years and Going Strong!
The Robstan Group was created by owner Ken Bowman. Typical of Ken's sense of humor, he announced his intention to leave the mother ship of Hallmark Cards/Crown Center and embark on his own way on April Fool's Day, 1977. On that day, Projects Unlimited was born, and the journey began. A warehouse space at 18th & McGee became the hub of that first entrepreneurial incarnation's business activities. Many of those first jobs were designed and built as props for advertising promotions and theatre productions. One of the first big jobs was the design/build of a 9' by 9' wooden shipping crate for an "invisible" dragon for a "Walt Disney promotion for the movie, "Pete, the Dragon." Another memorable project was an authentic, wooden gypsy wagon for a local car dealership's advertising program. The business began to morph into more theatre related projects.. .including painting backdrops, expanding into lighting and equipment rental. These were also the days when on at least one occasion payroll was covered on Ken's personal credit card.
Several years later Ken saw the potential in the association management business, even though it was something he had never done before. Seizing that opportunity proved to be the turning point for his entrepreneurial journey. With SWRI (still a client today) on board, Ken began to think of moving the company in a new direction away from advertising and marketing and toward association management.