Bob Shelley has worn many hats over the years. He started his life in the Music Industry as a producer and writer, and today, Bob is a City Commissioner of Aventura and the Treasurer of Hochberg Preparatory School. He is a Past President and currently a Trustee of Beth Torah. Bob is also the Finance Vice President on the Executive Board for Williams Island. He is on the Provost Council and the Board of FIU. When he is not donating his time to the community, Bob operates as President of Shelby Capital, Inc. and Shelby Homes, Inc., and has built thousands of homes throughout Florida. Life has brought him full circle as a producer of Broadway shows. He is currently co-producing Dream Girls in London, Groundhog Day on Broadway this spring, and the revival of Smokey Joe’s Café, opening on Broadway this fall. In addition, he is part owner of Feinstein’s 54 Below, in Manhattan, a very successful night club.
Bob was born and grew up in New York, and moved to South Florida with his parents and sister, Danna. He graduated from the University of Miami. At the young age of 26, Bob’s love of music and theatre brought him back to New York, where he produced Bus Stop, as well as many other shows on Broadway. He returned to South Florida to raise his family and has been here ever since. Bob is a true giver from the heart. His motto is to give back and make the world a better place through education, music, and the arts for children. He built the Shelley Family Learning Center on the Beth Torah Campus for the education of children, and to further the success of education on the Beth Torah Campus.
Bob is a mentor to many, especially his children, Laurel (a Federal Judge), Jason (an Executive with Apple), and Jason’s husband Ed. He adores his grandchildren Daniel and Allison, and his newest love, great granddaughter Zoe. Bob’s love also encompasses his extended family – Geniene, Logan, Madyson and Dawson.
Bob has always said that building for the future has been his most fulfilling honor. The beautiful Benny Rok Campus which he was building chair of, and the Shelley building, which he built and donated to Beth Torah, have been his greatest legacy. With the completion of both, he has been able to give education and spirituality to thousands of families over the years. Bob is still building, still producing and still creating new ways to give back!