Robert Duncan – Co-Founder & Vice President

Robert Duncan is a prominent business leader and philanthropist, renowned for his significant contributions to the aviation industry and his passionate support for the arts. As the driving force behind Duncan Aviation, Robert has been instrumental in transforming the company into one of the most respected names in aviation, known for its innovation, excellence, and customer-focused service.

Robert’s journey in aviation began early in his career, and his leadership has been characterized by a commitment to quality and a forward-thinking approach. Under his guidance, Duncan Aviation has grown and thrived, setting new standards in the industry and earning widespread recognition for its achievements.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Robert has played a pivotal role in the cultural life of his community. Alongside his wife, Karen Duncan, he developed a deep interest in art early in their married life. After they settled in Lincoln, Nebraska, Robert’s dedication to leading Duncan Aviation allowed Karen the time to become deeply involved with local arts organizations. Inspired by the mentorship of George Neubert, Director of the Sheldon Museum of Art, Karen and Robert began building a collection that has since gained international acclaim.

Reflecting on their journey, Robert and Karen are often surprised by the extent to which their collection has grown and the impact it has had. As their schedules have become more flexible, they have both become equally passionate about sharing their collection and promoting arts education. Their commitment to making arts experiences accessible to all has been a driving force in their philanthropic efforts.

Robert Duncan’s legacy is marked by his exceptional leadership in aviation and his unwavering support for the arts. His contributions have not only shaped the industry but have also enriched the cultural landscape, making art and education available to those who appreciate its value.

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