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Bright ’82 Recognized by President Bush for Volunteerism

President George W. Bush and Robert Bright ’82

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President George W. Bush met with Robert Bright ’82 during a trip to Philadelphia, Pa., March 15, to recognize him for his years of community service, involvement, and dedication to Rebuilding Together Philadelphia. Bright is founder and president of Talson Solutions, LLC, a firm specializing in capital project consulting.

“This is a reflection of the work done for our communities by the entire organization,” says Bright.

President Bush established the USA Freedom Corps, an initiative to engage Americans in service to their neighbors and their nation, in 2002. Since then he has met with more than 260 individuals around the country to recognize them for their dedicated volunteer service. Bright met the president under the wing of Air Force One, then traveled in the presidential motorcade to a town meeting on homeownership in Ardmore, Pa.

Bright has volunteered for more than 10 years with Rebuilding Together Philadelphia, a nonprofit organization that provides home rehabilitation to low-income homeowners, particularly the elderly, the disabled, and families with children. Over the years, he has served as a house captain during “National Rebuilding Day,” where he oversees hands-on repairs performed at designated building sites, organizes all of the materials for the event, and coordinates volunteers. Bright is also a board member of Rebuilding Together Philadelphia and lends his business expertise to help with planning and strategic direction for the organization.

While a student at Rensselaer, Bright volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and later served as a mentor to a Philadelphia high school student through Say Yes to Education.

“My commitment to mentoring and helping others started at RPI,” says Bright.

Bright founded Talson Solutions in 2001 after 20 years of experience in construction management, engineering, finance, and litigation support. He is a former director in PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP’s construction consulting practice and held project management positions with four Exxon affiliates. Bright earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering at Rensselaer and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Rensselaer Magazine: Summer 2004
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