ABOUT THE FOUNDER
Robert G. Rose is a social & television entrepreneur whose focus is on developing business models that target under-served audiences while producing content and media "that matter." Since 2000, Rose has produced over 400 original episodes of television & negotiated partnerships with major marketers and media outlets all over the world.
Rose's love of travel surfaced when he moved from his native Tennessee to New York City to work for Univision, the nation's largest Spanish-language TV network. It was there that Rose met people from exotic locales such as Guatemala, Colombia, Ecuador, and even the Bronx.
It was also at Univision that Rose's entrepreneurial spirit was revealed. Rose recognized through his interactions with young Latinos, as well as research that the "larger half" of the Latino market (the US-born or American Latinos) was under-served. Rose combined his newfound knowledge of the US Hispanic market with his knowledge of the TV industry & began developing a new business model targeted to US-born Latinos with culturally relevant English language media.
In 2000, with ideas in his head but little money in the bank, Rose left the safety of the corporate world to strike out on his own and began Artist & Idea Management (AKA: AIM Tell-A-Vision Group®) to produce, TV in English for, from & about American Latinos. Rose formed "American Latino Syndication" on a shoestring & from 2001 through 2008 independently produced hundreds of episodes of the pioneering, nationally syndicated TV shows ("American Latino TV" & "LatiNation").
The shows would attract over 100 broadcast affiliates, a cable network deal, and millions in sponsorship dollars & tens of millions of viewers over the years as Rose received national recognition as an expert in Hispanic media & marketing.
Fulfilled but ready for a new challenge and craving the opportunity to indulge his growing love of travel, Rose negotiated the acquisition of American Latino Syndication to LATV Networks in 2008 and began pursuing his passion of world-travel full time.
Rose lived abroad in Latin America for about a year, and his travels produced life-changing experiences that inspired him to develop what he felt was also missing from the US commercial television landscape, an authentic and real travel show. He wanted to showcase travel that did not revolve around high-end luxury or focus on food, but authentic cultural experiences in a socially aware context that everyone could enjoy.
Rose reconnected with a small team of trusted associates, and they collaborated to produce Raw Travel®, a fast-paced, adventure travel show highlighting off-the-beaten-path destinations, sustainable travel (ecotourism), giving back (voluntourism) and authentic cultural experiences.
Raw Travel premiered in 2013 on broadcast TV stations in just over 60 cities. Today, Raw Travel is exhibited on over 170 local TV affiliates (CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, CW) in over 95% of the US as well as major TV outlets internationally and episodes can also be found on major airlines such as Delta, Air Canada, Finnair, and more.
When not working on Raw Travel, Rose reads voraciously, volunteers, blogs, and runs a small digital record label, "Punk Outlaw Records." He is often a featured speaker or panelist at various travel, media, and trade-shows. He is a published writer & member of numerous television, film & travel organizations.
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