We are proud to announce that Tim Robinson, founder, president, and CEO, of Addiction Recovery Care (ARC) will be our keynote for the second day of the SOAR Focus Summit on Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The event, presented by Kentucky Power, is set for June 23-24 at the First Federal Center on the campus of Hazard Community and Technical College.
Tim, who was the 2022 recipient of the Congressman Hal Rogers Beacon of Hope Award, will speak on Destiny Driven Ideas. This is a topic close to Robinson’s heart and at the core of his journey as an individual and an entrepreneur.
From Crisis to Career to his Destiny
Tim grew up in Martin County and moved away for college in the late 90s. While in law school in his early 20s, his life changed when doctors diagnosed his mother with terminal lung cancer. He started to drink excessively to cope with the pain. Despite his battle with alcoholism, Tim graduated law school and became a prosecuting attorney. During those years serving his community, he would meet a court bailiff and pastor who would lead him to Christ. Tim would eventually step out of the courtroom, and recovery would drive his path to his God-given Destiny.
In 2008, Tim used his passion for helping others, creating a non-profit helping people with drug and alcohol addictions. He would lease a house, and the former bed and breakfast would become the organization’s first residential drug and alcohol treatment center. By 2013 a men’s center, outpatient centers, and additional residential centers were opened. In 2014, ARC became the first treatment provider in Kentucky to receive a license to accept a then-new Kentucky Medicaid benefit for residential treatment.
Today, the company has grown from that house in Lawrence County to more than 30 residential and outpatient facilities across Kentucky. But, his passion did not stop there. Tim and his wife Leila zeroed in on an additional calling, alleviating generational poverty. Through their entrepreneurial spirit, the Robinsons have transformed downtown, Louisa. They recently opened a Cafe and art gallery, professional theatre, events planning, and second chance auto and lawn care companies. What started as humble beginnings, Tim and Leila have created more than 1,100 jobs and more than 500-second chance employment opportunities, with the majority right here in the heart of Appalachia.
Join us in Hazard
- All Programming, Presented by Primary Care Centers of Eastern Kentucky
- The SOAR Focus Summit Reception, Presented By KY Innovation and Entertainment Sponsored By Perry Distributors
- Startup Appalachia Pitch Competition, Presented by Community Trust Bancorp.
- Breakfast (Sponsored by Hazard/Perry County Tourism) and Lunch (Sponsored by KY Innovation) on June 24