Joe grew up on a cattle ranch east of Tulsa. His mother taught him the value of tenacity and being diligent while Joe’s father taught him that a man’s reputation is his greatest possession.
Much of Joe’s childhood was spent swimming, working on the ranch, and taking all kinds of lessons: piano, trumpet, ballet, and speech. His swimming career led him to Memorial High School, where he was a State Champion and All American, and on to Southern Methodist University, lettering his freshman year before a career-ending injury.
After graduating from SMU, Joe came home to start his real estate career. In 1986, he formed the Robson Companies and began to develop part of the family ranch into the master planned community of Forest Ridge.
When Joe returned to Tulsa, he began his promotion of infrastructure improvements in the Tulsa metro area—roads, water and sewer. He helped in the efforts to widen the Broken Arrow Expressway, the extension of the Creek Turnpike, and the break up of the old University Center at Tulsa in favor of the now stand-alone satellite universities. Joe joined the local home builders association, which led to two terms as President of the Tulsa Home Builders Association, President of the Oklahoma Home Builders, and, in 2009, Chairman of the National Association of Home Builders. He advocated housing issues by testifying before Congress.
Joe has served on the Board, and numerous task forces, of the Broken Arrow, Tulsa, and OK Chambers of Commerce, and is a former Chairman of the Salvation Army. He also formerly served as a Director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka, a Director of the Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors, a member of the OK Judicial Nomination Commission, as well as the United States Golf Association Greens Committee. He is an alumnus of Leadership Tulsa and has served on various Boards of First Presbyterian Church.
In addition to being President of The Robson Companies, Joe is Chairman of the Board of RCB Bank, Chairman of the Quality of Service Coalition, a member of the Board of the local, state and national home builder associations, a Trustee of the Tulsa Airport Authority, a Trustee of First Presbyterian Church, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army. He loves to hunt and fish, as well as play golf, snow ski and scuba dive.
The Robsons have been married for nearly 31 years. They enjoy spending family time with Davis and his daughter, Whitney, and Callie and her husband, Tim.