West Gateway Partners L.L.C.
Formed to develop Moline's western downtown gateway, West Gateway Partners L.L.C., is chaired by founder Robert Ontiveros, a community leader and successful entrepreneur of exceptional vision and integrity.
A native of the Floreciente neighborhood, Ontiveros is passionate about the area. He has already turned the abandoned bus transfer station, at 5th Avenue and 12th Street in Moline, into a healthcare facility that hosts Community Healthcare as well as Dental Familia, two public/private enterprises that serve the larger Illinois Quad Cities, drawing customers from both sides of the river.
Ontiveros also oversees the entire Group O family of companies, which is composed of marketing, packaging and supply chain divisions. Ontiveros has grown Group O to more than 1,400 employees across 40 national locations, making it one of the largest Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States.
Ontiveros learned about the large-scale packaging industry early in his career. After seven years with Dun & Bradstreet, Ontiveros joined a small family-run packaging company, where he developed his entrepreneurial drive coupled with important business values, eventually leading to the development of his own firm, Bi-State Packaging, in 1974. Today, Ontiveros continues to advance a culture focused around business ethics and family values, which has enabled Group O to thrive and grow amid the competitive nature of business.
Bob and Blenda Ontiveros with their son's Chris and Gregg, at the 2014 Boys and Girls Clubs, Golf Outing Fundraiser.
Ray'z Barber Shop
December 2010 – Present (4 years)
Ray'z Barber Shop GM of the Moline IL location
Group O shareholder
January 1984 – Present (30 years 11 months)
Volunteer Experience & Fundraising
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
2000 – Present
Bob Ontiveros receives the Order of Lincoln Award, April 2013
Order of Lincoln — the state of Illinois’ highest honor, recognizing his professional and community achievements
U.S. Department of Commerce — Legacy Award
Minority Business Hall of Fame — Inductee
Lifetime Achievement Award — National Minority Supplier Development Council
Lifetime Achievement Award — Chicago Minority Business Development Council
Lifetime Achievement Award — Negocios Now
Honorary Doctorate — Augustana College
Bob’s leadership is evident by his numerous honors, including:
Ontiveros is trustee of Augustana and an active member of both the Illinois and U.S. Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, along with a number of other community and business organizations. An Illinois native, he dedicates time to serving as a board member for the Boys & Girls Club of the Mississippi Valley, as well as being a Junior Achievement whole school sponsor, which supplies classrooms with educational materials. He also supports many organizations throughout the Quad Cities, including Niabi Zoological Association, Community Healthcare and many more.
Bob resides in Moline, Illinois, with his wife Blenda.