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Robert Joseph Banis

Robert Joseph Banis, American pharmaceutical company executive, educator, publisher. Certified management accountant. Recipient Volunteer of Year award Trinity Lutheran Church, 1991, United Way Star Communicator award, 1993, 94.


  • Banis, Robert Joseph was born on October 26, 1943 in New York City. Son of Vincent Nicholas and Roberta Irma (Shwedo) Banis.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Science Education, Cornell University, 1967. Master of Science in Animal Nutrition, Purdue University, 1969. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry, North Carolina State University, 1973.

      Master of Business Administration in Marketing and Finance with honors, University Chicago, 1982.


    • National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1973-1975. Senior research scientist Armour Pharmaceutical Company, Kankakee, Illinois, 1975-1979, technical manager biochems. and parenterals, 1979-1981, manager biochemistry and pharmaceutical development, 1981-1983. Research group leader health care division Monsanto Company, St. Louis, 1983-1985, manager research operations and finance planning, 1985-1986, manager research operations and finance planning, Searle Research and Development Division, 1986-1988, director operations and finance, 1988-1994.

      President 21st Century Stewardship Inc., 1994-2000. Principal Banis & Associates, from 1994. Member adjunct faculty Vincennes University, 1994, Webster University, St. Louis, 1995.

      Instructor St. Louis Community College, from 1994. Adjunct assistan business professor University Missouri, St. Louis, 1987-1992, adjunct associate professor, full-time lecturer, since 1992. Founder Science & Humanities Press, St. Louis, 1995, principal, public, Chief Executive Officer, since 1995.

    Major achievements

    • Certified management accountant.



    Co-chairman Searle-St. Louis division United Way campaign, 1988-1989, chairman, 1989-1990, allocations panel volunteer Greater St. Louis area, 1991-1995, loaned executive fundraisers, 1993, torchlight speaker, 1993-1994. Volunteer St. John's Mercy Medical Center, 1992-1998. President, chairman board Burns Recovered Support Group, Inc., 1993-1996.

    Management consultant United Way Management Assistance Center, since 1994. Regional coordinator The Phoenix Society, 1993. General chairman World Burn Congress VII, 1995.

    Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, Institute Management Accountants (St. Louis chapter director civic activities, associate director Certified Medical Assistant review course 1993-1995), Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (secretary Gateway chapter 1993-1994, vice president/president-elect 1994-1995, president 1995-1996), American Burn Association, St. Louis Public Association (vice president 1999), Phi Lambda Upsilon, Beta Gamma Sigma.


    • Married Lois Elaine Polson, January 25, 1970 (deceased September 30, 2002). Children: Andrea Berit, Lauren Nicole.
    • father: Vincent Nicholas Banis
    • mother: Roberta Irma (Shwedo) Banis
    • spouse: Lois Elaine Polson
    • children: Andrea Berit Banis
    • Lauren Nicole Banis
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    Born October 26, 1943
    (age 74)
    • 1967
      Cornell University
    • 1969
      Purdue University
    • 1973
      North Carolina State University
    • 1982
      University Chicago
    • 1973 - 1975
      National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow, Harvard University
      Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
    • 1975 - 1979
      senior, research scientist Armour Pharmaceutical Company
      Kankakee, Illinois, United States
    • 1983 - 1985
      research group leader, health care division Monsanto Company
    • 1994
      president, 21st Century Stewardship Incorporated
    • 1994
      member, adjunct faculty Vincennes University
    • 1995
      member, adjunct faculty Vincennes University
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