Rob Raylman


"Curing One Heart at a Time."

Rob Raylman is the Executive Director of Gift of Life International.

He has held this position since February 2008.  Before Rob came to Gift of Life International, he was a vice president for Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI), at one time the second largest solid waste management company in the world.  He left BFI in 1999 and started his own consulting business in upstate New York, where he represented individuals and corporations that did business in New York State.  He specialized in legislative and regulatory affairs.

Rob is a life-long resident of New York.  He graduated from Hobart College in 1984 with a BS in Political Science.  Directly out of college Rob went to work for United States Senator Alphonse D’Amato (R-New York).  He worked from 1984 to 1986 for the Senator.  At which time he began work for BFI in January of 1987 until 1999.

Since Rob began as Executive Director of Gift of Life International he has been focusing on the development of sustainable pediatric cardiac surgery programs in developing countries.  Presently he is working to develop programs in the Jamaica, Haiti, El Salvador, Uganda, the Philippines and Kosova.  Each of these programs is in various stages of development.

1. What motivates you?
Helping those that for various reasons cannot realize a happy healthy life

2. Describe a difficult situation you were in and how you overcame it?
While working to develop a pediatric cardiac program in a developing country , earning the trust of those who are culturally different from me.  It was essential to earn the trust so that all efforts which we needed to implement were supported and embraced by those that ultimately would be responsible for the program. It was important to show commitment, excitement and vision while being respectful, honest and reliable in  developing the program and ultimately earning  this trust.

3. What are your goals for the future?
To consider the feelings of others in all I do and provide hope to those that need assistance in living a happy healthy life

4. What’s your favorite snack?

5. What is your favorite quote?
Giving is the best gift of all

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