In 1972, Ed Robson stood on 2,560 acres of cotton farm located in the then-remote Chandler area, a 20 minute drive southeast of Phoenix, and envisioned a new type of community - a Robson Resort Community - designed for active adults: ideally located, well-appointed amenities, active lifestyles, and thoughtfully-designed and well-built homes. This patch of land successfully grew to a vibrant community known as Sun Lakes, the success of which set the stage for other active adult Robson Resort Communities in Arizona and Texas.
40 years. One Focus
For the past four decades, Robson Resort Communities has focused on one thing - creating exceptional communities for active adults. Today, more than 40,000 people call a Robson Resort Community home. Under the guidance of Ed Robson, this group of affiliated companies continues its commitment to building, developing and managing retirement communities in Arizona and Texas for long-term sustainability. By working side-by-side with HOA community leaders, we provide insight and support for independent communities, helping each achieve their goals and continued success.
Edward J Robson. The man who started it all.
Edward J. Robson, Founder & Chairman of Robson Communities, Inc., has logged some exciting times since graduating from Colorado College in 1954.
A star athlete in high school and college, Ed was recruited to play hockey for Team USA in 1955. He served in the United States Marine Corps for five years as a helicopter pilot obtaining the rank of Captain.
He began his real estate career with Coldwell Banker in 1960 and joined the Del Webb Corporation shortly thereafter. In 1972 Ed started his first active adult community with Sun Lakes and today continues to lead and inspire the company.
Many honors have been bestowed upon Ed recognizing his impressive achievements including the “Ellis Island Medal of Honor,” “Outstanding Business Leader” from Northwood University, “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” from Arizona State University and most recently, the National Association of Home Builders “Icon of the Industry” award.
In addition to running his companies, Ed also has been very active in giving back to the community. Ed has devoted a significant amount of time and resources to philanthropy including Childhelp USA, Phoenix Boys & Girls Clubs, Phoenix Symphony, American Heart Association and the Arizona Foundation for Women, to name a few.
Mr. Robson has six children, fourteen grandchildren, one great grandchild and four dogs.