QUEENSBURY, N.Y. — Bob Kellogg spent a lot of time in his early adulthood seeing the world from the clouds. There was a time, in fact, when he enjoyed nothing more.
As a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, Mr. Kellogg flew helicopters almost from the time he joined the Navy in 1983 until he retired from the service academy 14 years later.
The more things change, they say, the more things stay the same.
Today, his feet are planted firmly on the ground as president of Warren Tire Service Center Inc., while he also directs the bird's-eye view of the dealership's strategy and growth, at the same time mentoring the third Kellogg generation, daughter Megan Kellogg, as she takes a more active role with the company.
Oh yes, he still does pilot helicopters: He and three partners own a Robinson R44 helicopter that is parked in a hanger at the Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, at least until Mr. Kellogg or one of his partners is piloting the copter over the Lake George region of the southern Adirondack mountains, in upstate New York.
The helicopter is a welcome respite for Mr. Kellogg.
"We'll take a day, go somewhere, have dinner, then come home," said Mr. Kellogg, who is the 2019 recipient of the Tire Business Tire Dealer Humanitarian of the Year, given to an independent tire dealer or retreader who, during the past year, has made significant contributions to the betterment of his or her community through charitable and/or public service work.
Mr. Kellogg is deeply involved in his Glens Falls, N.Y., community, supporting as many as 10 charities, most centered on helping children. He is the 26th winner of the medal.
Despite a busy schedule — that gets even crazier when he's volunteering time at one of his favorite charities or competing in a road race, two of his other passions — Mr. Kellogg can take some time for himself and his wife Ella, now that their daughter has become an integral part of the company.
He and his mother, Carolyn Kellogg, bought a place in Bonita Springs, Fla.
"I feel like I can get away for long weekends," Mr. Kellogg said. "I can do things I wouldn't consider doing two or three years ago. Back then, I just couldn't take time off. I had to be involved in the company all the time."