About Our Founder

Curtis D. Robinson, Founder of the Men's Health Institute 

Awards and Affiliations

  • AWARDS 2012
  • Unlimited Love Humanitarian Award Bethel Humane Services, INC 2012
  • Gail “De Paolo” Community Spirit Award 2012
  • Rosa Parks Life Time Achievement Award 2012
  • True Pioneer Prince Hall Masons 2012
  • Scroll Of Merit Award National Medical Association 2012
  • Official Statement Ct Governor Malloy Advancement in Healthcare
  • The Torch of Liberty Award ADL 2012
  • Certificate Of Special Recognition Richard Blumenthal
  • State Of Connecticut Official Statement Governor Malloy on receiving Torch of Liberty Award 2012
  • State Of Connecticut Official Statement Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman receiving Greater Hartford Torch Of Liberty Award 2012
  • State Of Connecticut Official Citation Office of the State Comptroller receiving
  • FRC Robotics Team 195 Thanks For Your Support 2012
  • Silver Eagle Award Sterling Service in the uplifting of Humanity Commanders of the Rite CT
  • AWARDS 2011
  • Council of Deliberation United Supreme Council AASR Prince Hall Affiliation 2011
  • Tuskegee Booker T Washington Humanitarian award 20111
  • Tuskegee University George Washington Carver Heritage Award 2011
  • State Of Connecticut Office of Treasurer Denise Nappier Public Leadership Citation 2011
  • Connecticut Chapter Men & Women For Justice Community Award 2011
  • Public Leadership Citation 2011
  • Community Service Award Urban League of Greater Hartford, Inc CDRMHI 2011
  • NAACP- Award – 100 most influential African Americans in CT 2009& 2011
  • State Of Connecticut Official Statement Governor Rell Presented at Diversity & Inclusion Conference By Hartford Business Journal 2011
  • AWARDS 2010
  • Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition 2010
  • Hartford's 50 Most Influential People, Hartford Magazine 2010
  • West Hartford Lions Club Dedication to Men’s Health & Cancer Prevention 2010
  • Health Care Heroes Hartford Business Journal Advancement in Healthcare 2010
  • Project Team Award of Merit CBC 2010
  • State Of Connecticut General Assembly Official Citation in recognition of exemplary work at the CDRMHI 2010
  • State Of CT Official Statement Governor Rell Congratulation CDRMHI 2010
  • Letter of Recognition from the White House - President Bill Clinton 2010
  • Congratulations to the Curtis D Robinson Men’s Health Institute from Congressman John B Larson 2010
  • AWARDS 2009
  • Hartford Business Journal – Diversity Award Winner 2009
  • Whitney M Young Jr
  • Award for unselfish service to the youth of America Boy Scouts of America
  • AWARDS 1981 - 2004
  • Seeds Of Africa Award 2004
  • State Of Nevada Proclamation office of the Mayor Las Vegas For many distinguished accomplishments & 2nd African American in US History to be granted a full gaming license Kappa Alpha Psi Kappa Achievement Award For Professional Accomplishment & Outstanding Service to the Greater Hartford Community 2004
  • State Of Connecticut Office of the State Treasurer Recognition of a Strong Commitment to the “Entrepreneurial Spirit” 2003 Denise Nappier
  • Who’s Who Executive & Professionals
  • Small Business Development Corporation North Hartford Retail Board
  • Business Person of the year 1997 Urban Bankers Association
  • Humanitarian Award Outstanding Services Ultimate Fashion 1982
  • City Of Atlanta Maynard Jackson Thank You for your contribution on behalf of our citizens and our missing children 1981
  • Lions Club of Hartford, CT - Past President
  • One Hundred Club
  • Who’s Who Among Black Americans-Listed Member
  • AMAC
  • Re-Entry Ministry –Bridgeport, CT
  • Urban League of Greater Hartford, CT
  • CMAA
  • Ebony Horseman
  • Southington, CT Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Hartford, CT Chamber of Commerce
  • Eastern Chamber of Commerce
  • St Francis Hospital, Hartford, CT – Trustee, Board of Directors
  • St Francis Foundation – Hartford, CT - Board of Directors
  • St Francis Corporation, Hartford, CT – Board of Directors
  • University of Hartford, CT – Trustee, Board of Directors
  • Harvard Medical School – Cambridge, MA
  • Carson Scholars Fund –Towson, MD - Board of Directors
  • Platinum Sponsor J Miller-Pearson Career Development School

Curtis D. Robinson migrated to Hartford from Birmingham, Alabama, in 1958. He worked two full-time jobs and one part-time job for three years, until he was able to purchase a grocery store at the corner of Capen and Vine Streets at the age of eighteen. He later purchased the building and opened Curtis’ Little Pub and Curtis’ Pizza House on the premises. At the tender age of twenty-two, Curtis was the owner of a restaurant, grocery store, cleaners, an apartment building, and a construction supply company. 

An Entrepreneur

In 1969 Mr. Robinson started the Small Business Development Program, creating over one hundred small businesses in the greater Hartford and Springfield areas. In 1976, he became one of the first downtown entrepreneurs of color with the opening of the Staircase Lounge Supper Club on Asylum Street, facing Bushnell Park.

Mr. Robinson continued to grow as an entrepreneur, and today is the owner, operator and President of C&R Development Company, the largest minority construction management company in the East. Mr. Robinson recently owned the C&R National ATM Company, Inc., which was licensed to sell and lease ATM machines in thirty-eight states. He is also the owner of eight shops at Bradley International Airport, including a Brooks Brothers and CNBC, as well as the 55,000-square-foot Air Exchange Building. His other businesses include R&G Services, which operates the shuttle bus service at the airport, and R&G Parking, which operates, among others, one of the largest parking lots in downtown Hartford.

A Philanthropist

Mr. Robinson is the former President of the Hartford Lions Club. Recipients of his numerous charitable contributions include the Urban League of Greater Hartford, The Doc Hurley Scholarship Fund, the NAACP, the Sickle Cell Anemia Association, The Ace Mentoring Program of Greater Hartford, the Gen Yeshiva School, Greater Hartford Academy of Arts, and many more. Mr. Robinson has also assisted individuals with medical and hospital care, donated buses to churches and schools, and adopted a homeless shelter for displaced children. Mr. Robinson sits on the Board of Directors for Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, and the Board of Regents at the University of Hartford. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Hospital Association, which membership includes all 28 hospitals in the State of Connecticut. The list of his charitable contributions goes on and on.

Mr. Robinson is the second African-American ever to have received a gaming license in the United States. Before the end of the year, he anticipates breaking ground for a new hotel, casino, conference center, and a championship 18 hole golf course on the Island of St. Croix, US, Virgin Islands.

In his role as Cofounder and Chairman of the Men’s Health Institute at Saint Francis, Mr. Robinson has pledged one million dollars to help pay for medical cost of those undergoing prostate cancer treatment who are not covered by health insurance.

Mr. Robinson is continually called upon to speak to school children on issues such as drug awareness, staying in school, how to become a success, and mentoring. He is the proud father of six children, and the grandfather of twelve. Mr. Curtis continues to do these things without fanfare.