Bob Messing was a seasoned executive who graduated from Princeton with a sociology degree and received his OPM from Harvard. He was a businessman and had many ventures throughout his career. Messing was the owner, chairman, and CEO of Mitchell Bradford Inc., a chemical company, in Milford, Connecticut. He was also the Director of the Power and Systems Institute in Boston and on the board of Humanics Publishing Group in Atlanta, in which he also founded the Delta Training Institute.
Messing was a founding advisory board member of the Rutgers Professional Psychology Graduate School. During his time in New Jersey, he was the President of Occidental Petroleum. After his retirement, he moved to Florida and passed away in 1990. He is remembered for his positive attitude and wittiness.