While a love of history and political science led Robbie Wilson to law school, it was his father — someone who “always marched to the beat of his own drum” — and his approach to the world that had a more profound impact on his life. Wilson had a healthy respect for following the rules, but the pair could often be found sneaking into closed areas at museums or looking for off-road shortcuts after football games. Later on, Wilson realized the lesson behind those seemingly fun-and-games moments. “It was important to let your own moral compass guide you,” he said. “It allows you to push the envelope, to not be held back by conventional thinking and live your life to the fullest.”

 

Occupation:

Real estate attorney

Hometown:

Little Rock

 

FAVORITES:

Beverage:

Willett Pot Still Reserve

Restaurant:

Jacques-Imo’s Cafe in New Orleans

MOVIE:

Star Wars

Quote or saying:

“This too shall pass.”

Sport:

Football

Dream Car:

The Ford Explorer from Jurassic Park

What was the best opportunity you ever received?

Going out of state for school, away from most of my friends and family, was probably the best opportunity I had to grow as an individual. I learned a lot about myself and about what I wanted to do.

How have your experiences shaped you into the man you are today?

Growing up in Little Rock with two parents who were attorneys taught me to analyze everything and answer carefully. College in New Orleans taught me to embrace a little bit of chaos and to not forget to have a good time. Working in Washington, D.C., taught me to be open to everyone you meet because you never know who may end up becoming a good friend or a strong ally.

What is a profession you admire but could never be a part of?

Teaching is such an important part of our community, and it is incredibly difficult in so many ways. I respect those that have the patience and grace to teach our children despite the challenges they experience.

What is your favorite hobby?

Reading what my wife calls “dad books.” It’s hard to beat an over-the-top spy novel.

What is your secret for dealing with people you really do not like?

Kill them with kindness. Every time I have a conversation with someone who I know is trying to bully or act out, greeting them with a smile and a positive message regardless of what they say tends to disarm them and leads to a better result.

What quality do you admire most in other men?

I appreciate when people help others and do what they say they will do.

 

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