Oscar Robertson, “The Big O,” forever changed the game of basketball---on the court and in the courtroom. As an entrepreneur for over 30 years, he strives to make changes as a small business owner.
Mr. Robertson serves as President of ORDMS, LLC and ORCHEM Corporation as well as a general partner of Oscar Robertson Media Ventures, a medial production company. These organizations are involved in cloud storage and records management, specialty chemicals, and media production, respectively.
As founder and President of ORDMS, LLC, the solutions architect for cloud storage and information management, Mr. Robertson brings over 20 years of experience to create efficiencies in document management for small to large, multi-location companies. On- and off-site operation solutions for companies utilize proprietary FOX© and Chargeback© electronic management tools.
Along with ORDMS, Mr. Robertson is founder and President of ORCHEM Corporation, providing state of the art, proprietary-formulated specialty cleaning and sanitizing chemicals to the food and beverage, institutional, residential, and health care sectors. Since 1981, Mr. Robertson has surrounded himself with a proven team of business professionals to develop and provide customers with quality, innovative, and environmentally responsible cleaning solutions. Several signature products are currently used nationwide including Fade Away Wipes©.
Mr. Robertson holds a Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship from the University of Cincinnati (UC) and its William Howard Taft Medal, which is the highest honor bestowed on an alumnus. Mr. Robertson was also honored as a Great Living Cincinnatian in 2011 by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from UC where he was a three-time first team All-American and the first three-time national College Player of the Year. In 1998, the U.S. Basketball Writers renamed their award The Oscar Robertson Trophy. He is listed as one of the all-time leading student athletes and holds an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from UC.
Mr. Robertson co-captained the undefeated 1960 U.S. Olympic basketball team and had a 14-year career in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He led the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks to 10 playoff appearances combined and helped the Bucks win their only NBA title in 1971. Mr. Robertson was part of the first team of NBA players to tour abroad for the U.S. State Department under the Johnson Administration in Poland, Romania, Yugoslavia, and Egypt.
As the first African-American president of any national sports or entertainment labor union, Mr. Robertson was the longest serving President of the National Basketball Players Association from 1965-1974. He made a lasting impact on the game with a class action anti-trust lawsuit against the NBA, seeking changes in the draft and the league’s reserve clause. The 1976 settlement, known as the Oscar Robertson Rule, helped NBA players to become the first professional athletes to achieve free agency, resulting in growth and prosperity for the NBA. He also co-founded the National Basketball Retired Players Association and served as its first president from 1992-1998, dedicated to improving pension benefits and medical care for an earlier generation of players.
For his achievements in both college and professional basketball, Mr. Robertson was voted “Player of the Century” by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. He holds a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NBA and is enshrined in several Halls of Fame: Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (as an individual and co-captain of the 1960 U.S. Olympic gold medalist team), National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, International Basketball (FIBA) Hall of Fame, Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame, and Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame.
Part of Mr. Robertson’s charitable and community activities include the National Kidney Foundation, Boys & Girls Club of America, International Prostate Cancer Foundation, American Red Cross, and the Salvation Army. At UC, the Oscar and Yvonne Robertson Scholarship Fund provides assistance to talented and deserving students.
Mr. Robertson is the author of an autobiography, “The Big O: My Life, My Times, My Game,” and “The Art of Basketball,” the definitive instructional book on basketball fundamentals. He is a frequent contributor to ESPN’s The Undefeated, has written several first-person articles for the New York Times and pieces for TIME Magazine, and has offered commentary on the NBA playoffs on the NBA’s website.