Bob Kovach | Government/Education Emeritus
Bob Kovach has devoted his entire working career to education and public service either in elected office or in an appointed position. Kovach started his career as a teacher, coach, and visiting counselor with the South Bend Community School Corporation. Kovach served the corporation for more than 20 years. Kovach has also served on three school boards: • School City of Mishawaka • Indiana School for the Deaf School Board • Indiana State Board of Education To compliment his work in education, Kovach has had a varied career in government at both the local and state level. First elected as a councilman at large for the City of Mishawaka in 1967, Kovach served seven years, three as president of the council, before being elected to the Indiana State Senate. As a Senator Kovach served on the committee concerned with education and local government. While in the Senate he co-authored the initial TIF and Abatement legislation, signed the Conference Committee report for 1977 Police and Fire pension reform, and passed legislation that provided additional funding for improvements to local streets and roads. In addition, Kovach served as the Majority Caucus Chairman and Co-Chairman of the 1976 Local Government Study Committee. Upon leaving the Indiana General Assembly he was elected Mayor of the City of Mishawaka. As mayor Kovach worked diligently at economic development for the city. His efforts created thousands of jobs and attracted major employers AM General and Liberty Mutual. He was effective at balancing budgets and actually leaving a budget surplus on his departure. He was also successful in restoring the fiscal integrity to the numerous bond issues that he inherited upon becoming Mayor. In addition, he served on the Legislative Committee of the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns. Kovach returned to state government in 1990 as the legislative liaison to the Senate for Governor Evan Bayh. Upon completion of the legislative session he became Executive Director of the Indiana Department of Commerce where he directed a staff of 140 in support of economic and community development in the State of Indiana. Upon leaving the directorship of the Department of Commerce Kovach served numerous roles as a trusted advisor, executive assistant, and ultimately Chief of Staff to Lt. Governor Frank O’Bannon. Responsibilities as an executive assistant included legislation, economic development, local government, agriculture, rural development and sitting on various boards. With the election of Frank O’Bannon as Governor of the State of Indiana, Kovach became the Governor’s legislative director. In July of 2001, Kovach left his position in the Governor’s office and joined the staff of Ivy Tech to work in economic development and training programs on a state level. After several years with Ivy Tech Kovach retired for a brief period and in April of 2006 became a St. Joseph County Commissioner by appointment and then an elected term before retiring as President of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioner’s in 2012. Because of Kovach’s love and compassion for public education, and his kindred feeling and respect for elected officials, his retirement was short lived. Kovach joined R&R Benefits/Risk Management, LLC as a Government/Education Emeritus in 2013. Kovach’s extensive background in education and government position him to clearly understand the functions and responsibilities of funding local government and schools. He has met similar challenges to the ones now facing school finance offices and local government finance officials. With his executive guidance, R&R is convinced we will continue to offer high level cost containment strategies and will remain the Industry thought leader, bringing our clients the most robust benefit platform, while ultimately producing bottom line savings in their insurance benefit programs.