About Us

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The Founder & President of The Vātion Group is Bob Pacanovsky. Bob is an entrepreneur that has started and grown several businesses over the course of his twenty + year career.

In 1994, he founded his first restaurant and opened a 2nd restaurant in 1997. The following year he started an offsite catering company called The Caterers by Paparazzi’s. He added more services to this company and in 2006 changed its name to The Bravo! Event Group. He decided on an unusual move less than one year later and changed the name of the company again, as to not be in competition with a regional chain restaurant.In May 2007, he launched the name to Robert J. – Events & Catering and the brand took off.

In 2012, he added Robert J. – Training & Design, which is now called The Vātion Group. He sold his catering business (and the brand name of Robert J.) in September 2014.

Bob is a proud graduate of The University of Akron with a degree in Finance. He was chosen as a Distinguished Sales & Marketing Executive from the prestigious Sales & Marketing Executives International. Bob is a Leadership Akron- Class 23 graduate and serves on the boards of Mobile Meals, OPEN M and the Greater Akron Chamber- Small Business Council. He is also a volunteer trainer for the Front Porch café, a restaurant for South Street Ministries and chairperson of the Stewardship Council for his church.