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Robert Pizzini is the Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of iFLY Va Beach Indoor Skydiving. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 2010 after 26 years of service as a Diver, Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician, and EOD Officer. While on active duty Robert completed multiple deployments in support of various operations throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Instructor tours include Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center, Panama City FL, and EOD Training and Evaluation Unit Two where he developed over $24M in military construction projects, advancing the Navy’s capability to prepare Diving and EOD forces for global operations.
In January 2009, he completed a combat tour with the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force, Arabian Peninsula, Balad, Iraq, His personal decorations include the Bronze Star. Upon retirement from active duty he was an Associate with R3 Strategic Support Group from 2010-2015 where he managed various client portfolios.Robert is a Master EOD Technician, Mixed Gas Deep Sea Diving Officer, Master Naval Parachutist, Master Training Specialist, United States Parachute Association Accelerated Free Fall Instructor (AFFI), and Six Sigma Green Belt. Mr. Pizzini received his Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts from New York Regents College, and graduated from Troy State University with a Master of Science degree, International Relations, National Security concentration.
He is also a graduate of Air Command and Staff College and was an adjunct professor with American Military University’s School of Homeland Security from 2007-2010. Robert maintains various professional affiliations including membership in the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators, a seat on the Hampton Roads Va Beach Chamber Executive Board of Directors, the Virginia Beach Hotel Association Legislative Affairs Committee. He also coaches youth hockey and baseball.
Challenging the mind to constantly learn new things keeps me engaged, attentive, and able to think critically. Although I have an advanced degree, reading books, attending seminars, coaching sports, and helping with boy scout functions are examples of learning experiences that have great value.
I have maintained a daily regime of physical fitness for all of my professional/adult life. Fitness not only energizes me physically, but if fuels my mental creativity and capacity and enables me to see things more clearly resulting in better decisions on a daily basis.
I have benefited from the wisdom of others and believe strongly in mentoring and assisting those with a desire to excel. While some claim to be a “self-made man” I owe my success to those who have mentored and guided me over the course of my life, and I hope to positively impact anyone who seeks improvement.
iFLY Va Beach Indoor Skydiving
2012 - Present
See Website: www.nsofoundation.org
This foundation was founded in memory of Senior Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Scott Dayton and all our brothers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of this nation. Formed by active or former members and their spouses, our guiding principles are driven by the strong bonds created during nearly two decades of combat around the globe.
We understand through our experience what our families and operators need so they can stay in the fight and persevere through the most difficult circumstances.
In 2012 Bob established Indoor Skydiving Virginia LLC. As the Managing Partner he developed and currently operates iFLY Va Beach, which Leads the industry in training and innovation as is relates to the use of vertical wind tunnels.
R3 Strategic Support Group
2010 - 2015
Bob received a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts from New York Regents College in 1999, and in 2003 graduated from Troy State University with a Master of Science degree, International Relations, National Security concentration. He also attended The Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, completing Joint Professional Military Education.
American Military University’s School of Homeland Security
2007 - 2010
US Navy Lieutenant. 26 year military career in Special Operations. US Navy Diver, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician and EOD officer.
The Bronze Star
New Retailer of the Year
Hosted the first US National Indoor Skydiving qualifier. First place finishers were selected for the US Team for the 2017 World Championship of Indoor Skydiving
Major Sports Events
Development of the best iFLY video in the world
Inside Business Magazine Business article on the development of iFly Va Beach
Inside Business Feature
TV interview on Kickin' it in the 757 on the development of iFly Va Beach
Robert Pizzini was featured on FOX News Channel (FNC). FNC has been the most watched television news channel for more than 15 years and according to a Suffolk University/USA Today poll, is the most trusted television news source in the country. Owned by 21st Century Fox, FNC is available in more than 90 million homes and dominates the cable news landscape, routinely notching the top ten programs in the genre.
FOX Press Feature
Bob has been a great business partner since we joined forces in 2010. His innovative approach and ability to discover and pursue opportunity is uncommon, and powerful.
C. Torrey Breeden
Executive Vice President
The Breeden Company
It has been an honor to watch Bob Pizzini take his business to new heights. I knew him before he launched iFLY Virginia Beach and was always impressed by the passion he had for bringing this new concept to our community. An example of a business owner who is in it for the long haul, Bob is continually looking for ways to innovate and to create stronger relationships with clients, customers and the community.
Media Consult and Public Speaker
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Inside Business Magazine Business Feature on iFly Virginia Beach to hosting the first national indoor skydiving competition
Inside Business Feature
U.S. Indoor Skydiving National Championship in Virginia Beach this weekend
13 News Now Feature
Stepping into new opportunities as a TV personality. It's great sharing my experiences with others.
Pizzini shares his thoughts on achieving success, whether it be on the battlefield, or in the boardroom.
C-SUITE Network Interview
Inside Business Magazine Business Feature on iFly Virginia Beach
Small Business of the Year 2018