Author, speaker and entrepreneur Robert Franklin Newkirk Jr. discovered early in his career – after being educated at some of the finest universities in America – a need to “de-educate” and “re-educate” himself. Along the way he discovered the skills, tools, processes and systems that can help ordinary people achieve the life of their dreams, rather than just working for a living.
Robert Newkirk’s mission is to share this information with people of all backgrounds and abilities.
After earning his bachelor’s degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Robert joined the U.S. Air Force as an officer testing government projects at the Space and Missiles Center at Los Angeles AFB, located in El Segundo, CA. He furthered his graduate work at the University of Southern California in Systems Management. After serving in the Air Force, he worked for Northrop Grumman TASC as a flight test engineer and a pilot.
In 2006, he founded Jwahir Enterprises Inc. where he took on the task of administering The Jwahir Aerospace Flight Academy for high school students in the Washington D.C. area. Integrating the resources of the University of DC and Kansas State University- Salina, the goal of the enterprise was to expose and educate students to the possible careers in aviation and aerospace, as well as pursuing entrance into a college aviation program.
Mr. Newkirk became divinely in tune with the need to become disciplined with his finances when he made one of the biggest financial mistakes in his life while working with General Electric Corporation during the tenure of one of the greatest CEOs of all time, Jack Welch. Ultimately, he made the decision to “SELL” his GE stock portfolio after purchasing the stock during the bear market of 1987. He learned from his mistakes from mentors he had during his service in the U.S. Air Force which turned his financial situation around.
After learning the skills and tools necessary to effectively manage his money, he built his own budgeting tool to keep up with all of the financial information necessary. With that, he developed a philosophy which today is called Budgeting in Three Dimensions.
This philosophy is revolutionary in helping people successfully budget their money in places where they had once failed. Ultimately, the In-Debt to Debt-Free Online Money Management Course will evolve how people manage their money and properly track their progress in achieving their financial goals.
Mr. Newkirk has served as a guest motivational speaker with People Helping People United Inc. as narrator to the Youth Stop the Violence Campaign in Washington D.C. He has also officiated as moderator and guest speaker for several Black History and Martin Luther King programs to include the Air Force, Intelligence Community, and the Naval Research Laboratory. He has lectured at many school functions and at various high schools and universities and serves on the MIT Educational Council.
His extracurricular hobbies include chess, racquetball, swimming, and weightlifting. He is a member of the MIT Educational Council, the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, and a charter member of the MIT, Harvard, and Tufts Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.