Edward J. Robson
Well-regarded as one of the nation’s most successful active adult community developers, Edward J. Robson remains community focused and understands the importance of giving back and being actively involved – not just in his own community, but in the greater community as well.
“There’s a great sense of pride when I drive through Sun Lakes each day to our corporate headquarters. With almost 20,000 people living here, it gives you perspective as to how far you’ve come.”
– Edward J. Robson
Edward J. Robson was born September 21, 1930 in Brighton, Massachusetts, and grew up in Belmont and Arlington, both nearby suburbs of Boston. During his senior year at Arlington High School, Robson was a starter on the school’s New England Championship Hockey Team. He attended Bridgton Academy from 1949 to 1950 where he also played hockey.
Robson began his college career at Colorado College where he was active in hockey and baseball earning a Bachelor’s degree in Business & Banking.
After graduation, Robson was married to LaNelle Beck in Phoenix and shortly after, joined the United States Marines. During a five-year tour, Robson was granted leave to play hockey for Team USA in 1955 and the next year, 1956, was selected to become a member of the US Olympic hockey team. Robson closed out his last three years completing flight school and flying Marine helicopters in Hawaii.
Robson began his real estate career with Coldwell Banker in 1960 and joined the Del Webb Corporation shortly thereafter. In 1972, he started his first Robson Resort Community, Sun Lakes, located in Sun Lakes, Arizona. Today, Robson oversees active adult communities in Arizona and Texas: PebbleCreek in metro Phoenix, Arizona; SaddleBrooke in north Tucson, Arizona, The Preserve in north Tucson, Arizona; SaddleBrooke Ranch in the north Tucson area; Quail Creek in Green Valley, Arizona; Robson Ranch Arizona in Eloy, Arizona and Robson Ranch Texas in Denton, Texas.
Each Robson Resort Community offers unsurpassed luxury homes within communities that combine a beautiful setting and live up to founder Ed Robson’s passion for creating excellence in every retirement resort.
More than 100 awards and honors have been bestowed to the Robson Resort Communities over the past five decades recognizing Ed Robson and his team for outstanding achievements in the homebuilding industry.
Robson’s impressive accolades include Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Arizona State University, Outstanding Business Leader from Northwood University, the Doctor of Humane Letters from Colorado College, the prestigious Grand Award from the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona, a Golden Hammer award for his generous donations to Habitat for Humanity, as well as the Lee T. Hanley Community Leadership Award from the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation.
In addition, Robson has been honored by the National Association of Home Builders 55+ Housing Council with a Builder of the Year award and also an Icon of the Industry award. The National Association of Home Builders also honored Robson with a Best in American Living “Hall of Fame” award for significantly impacting the residential design and construction field. Robson’s personal favorite was his induction into his high school Hall of Fame in Arlington, Massachusetts.
One of the most important parts of Ed Robson’s life has been philanthropy. He prides himself on giving back to the community and making a positive difference in people’s lives.
Philanthropic efforts by Robson include significant contributions to charitable organizations, cultural & educational endeavors and health-related organizations. Robson’s philanthropic support includes the American Heart Association, Barrow Neuroscience Tower at St. Joseph’s hospital, Crisis Nursery, Arizona Humane Society, Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, and Childhelp USA.
In 2008, the Ed Robson Family branch of the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Phoenix opened its doors, and in 2015 contributions were made to Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona to help revitalize the Boys Hope home.
Most recently, Robson contributed millions of dollars to his alma mater, Colorado College, for the future on campus, indoor hockey practice facility, the Ed Robson Arena, and to Arizona State University, as one of the Founders for the Sun Devil Football Stadium.