THE ONE & ONLY: Robert Preston III

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*This story originally appeared in the June 24, 2017 issue of The Budget’s Local Edition.

Though most people know Attorney Robert Preston III as a partner with the law firm Black, McCuskey, Souers and Arbaugh Law Firm, what they may not realize is that he had a long career in public service prior to becoming an attorney, including nine years as a police officer for the City of Cleveland and four as a paratrooper for the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, or that he has jumped out of an airplane 50 times including twice as a civilian.

Bob reads a lot of legal documents at his job, but outside of work he likes to indulge in some lighter reading, generally something in the science fiction genre.

A self-proclaimed “geek,” Bob also enjoys the occasional game of Dungeons and Dragons with his buddies and son. For Bob, the al- lure of the game is the cama- raderie it creates. “It’s a team-building exercise, trying to solve the puzzles and trying to coordinate everything to achieve the mission.”

Read on to learn more about this week’s One and Only.

Full name: Robert B. Preston III

Marital and family status: Married for 21 years to wife Tara; two stepchildren: Brant Watson and Blair Morwick; three children: Connor, Alec and Evan (all teenagers)

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio

Current town: New Philadelphia

Hobbies: Reading, traveling and playing Texas hold’em poker Favorite television show(s): The Big Bang Theory, Game of Thrones

Favorite movie(s): Anything directed by John Hughes (The Breakfast Club, Ferris Buhler’s Day Off, Sixteen Candles, Weird Science, etc.)

Last book I read: Gust Front by John Ringo

First job: Asphalt/road crew for a local contractor

Worst job: Same as first job

Favorite childhood memory: Vacationing in Canada with my family

Favorite music: 80’s hair bands

Favorite food: Pizza

Best idea(s) I ever had: Proposing to my wife

Worst idea(s) I ever had: Choosing my college based on where my friends were going

Three Words That Describe Me: Loyal, honest and gregarious

I am known for my: Outgoing personality

I’d give anything to meet: George H.W. Bush.

I try very hard to hide the fact that I: Am a geek

The career I fantasize about having is: judge

If there is one thing I have learned in life, it is: Your word is your bond.

The one thing I would still like to try is: Whitewater rafting

If I could give any gift to anyone in the world, it would be: Peace in the Middle East

If given the opportunity, I would ask the president: To stop using Twitter

People tell me I remind them of: Drew Carey or James Corden

Choose a movie title for the story of your life: Going in Style

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Why? Teleportation, because I hate being late for anything and/or being caught in traffic

Organizations: Vice-president of the Tuscarawas County Bar Association; board member for Leadership Tuscarawas (former graduate of the program), member of Tuscarawas County Community Foundation and the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce; member of the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Certification of Attorneys as Specialists