Robert E. Tunmire

Former President and CEO Neighborly/The Dwyer Group, Founder, Ret-Kat Foundation

Robert Tunmire has more than 44 years of experience in the franchising industry and is widely known for his ability to grow companies. He served as Executive Vice President of Neighborly (formerly The Dwyer Group) from 1998 to 2019. For seven years he was the President of Glass Doctor, a 30-year-old company. He also served as President and CEO of Neighborly/The Dwyer Group and President of Mr. Rooter Corporation, which is one of Neighborly’s companies.  

In 1975, as a very young man, he opened his first franchise for Rainbow International Carpet Dyeing & Cleaning, a Neighborly company. After buying and selling four franchises, all for a handsome profit, he joined the home office in 1982 and began working for Rainbow International, which was to become the flagship company of Neighborly.  

Until his retirement, Robert led the Franchise Development team in the recruitment of all new franchisees across the brands at Neighborly. He also took an active role in training new franchisees, and had a gift for building long-term relationships with franchisees.  

Robert now serves as a Leadership Advisor in the Franchising and Entrepreneurship Industry in addition to being very active in Ministry to Men with the Catholic Church. In 2006, Robert founded the Central Texas Fellowship of  Catholic Men to support Ministry to Men in the Austin Diocese and continues to serve as President of the Advisory  Board. In 2018, Robert joined with a group of leaders in Ministry to Men across North America to found the  Catholic Men’s Leadership Alliance with the vision of equipping every diocese in North America with a vibrant ministry to men. He currently serves as President and Executive Director, and in 2020 Robert helped CMLA launch as a streaming platform for Catholic men. Robert is also the co-author of No Man Left Behind,  Catholic Edition, a guidebook for ministry to men in the Catholic Church today.  

Multiple Training Courses over 44 Years in Management, Leadership, Sales, and Sales Management 

Ministry to Men 
  • Man in the Mirror, Ministry to Men, Board Member, 2020-present
  • Catholic Men's Leadership Alliance Board Member, 2018-present
  • Central Texas Fellowship of Catholic Men, Advisory Board President and Founding Member, 2006-present RET-KAT Foundation, private operating non-profit, Co-Founder, 2003-present 

Married with 4 children, 4 granddaughters and 1 grandson