Robert C. Davidson, Jr. was Chairman and CEO of Surface Protection Industries, a paint and specialty coatings manufacturing company he founded in 1978. Under Davidson’s leadership, the company grew to become the largest African- American-owned manufacturing company in California. Previously, Davidson co-founded and served as Vice President of Urban National Corporation.
Davidson served as Chairman of the Board of Morehouse College and Chairman of the Board of Art Center College of Design. Additionally, Davidson is on the Boards of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, City First Broadway and Vice Chairman of the Board at Smithsonian American Art Museum. In addition to serving on various boards, Robert continues in his pursuit of museum-quality historic African American art from the 19th and 20th Century to add to his collection, mentors young entrepreneurs and is involved in giving back to his community. Davidson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Chicago.