Robert Wingo Named to 2013 Distinguished Alumni
July 17, 2013
Robert V. Wingo
Every year, The University of Texas at El Paso and the UTEP Alumni Association honor a group of distinguished men and women whose achievements stand out as monuments to dedication, integrity and hard work – they are the UTEP Distinguished Alumni.
The Distinguished Alumni award is the highest recognition bestowed upon alumni of the University. The 2013 Distinguished Alumni will be officially recognized during UTEP’s 2013 Homecoming Week, Sept. 29-Oct. 5.
This year's Distinguished Alumni include a former College of Business Administration Gold Nugget, Mr. Robert Wingo.
Robert V. Wingo
President and CEO of Sanders\Wingo Advertising Inc., El Paso
Despite his work with the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Memorial Foundation board in Washington, D.C., job offers in New York and clients from major companies around the country, Wingo feels most at home in El Paso.
Now president and CEO of Sanders\Wingo Advertising Inc. in El Paso, he started as the first in his family to graduate from college when he earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from UTEP in 1973.
He joined the advertising firm as co-owner in 1984 after working up to vice president of advertising at Billy the Kid, a non-defunct El Paso boys apparel company. He has since helped expand Sanders\Wingo to Austin and New York, with satellite operations in Atlanta and Los Angeles.
Sanders\Wingo has worked with national clients including AT&T, Burger King, Mini Cooper, State Farm Insurance and the United States Postal Service. His local clients include Peter Piper Pizza, GECU, the Convention and Visitors Bureau and El Paso Water Utilities.
Today, Wingo is focused on creating opportunities for young people by inviting students to visit the company’s offices and offering internships.
“The more people we can help and train to be better leaders for today and tomorrow, the better off we are,” he said.