Born and raised in Orange County, Follman-Otta is a President & Chief Executive Officer, wife, mother of two, a retired international operatic soprano, educator, and an entrepreneur. Follman-Otta performed as one of the top leading ladies in the operatic industry for more than 30 years throughout the world, and is one of the primary leading ladies to come out of Orange County. In her leading role as an entrepreneur, Robin and her Follman family-owned businesses have been recognized with numerous awards. In March 2018, Markall, Inc. and its manufacturing arm, R.A. Industries, LLC, were inducted into the California State University Fullerton (CSUF) Mihaylo College Family Business Hall of Fame. The businesses have been named in the top lists of Orange County’s woman-and minority-owned businesses. Also in 2018, Robin was named Influential Leader by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the world’s largest business education accreditation network. She was the recipient for the National Security Organization with the 2017 Women in Defense “Service to the Flag Award,” the 2016 Orange County Business Journal (OCBJ) “Women in Business” Award,” and received from the OCBJ, the 2016 “Longevity Award – Family Owned Business.” She also was honored by the Girl Scouts of America with the 2017 “Celebrate Leadership Award.” Additionally, and has received other awards, including “Artist of the Year” from Arts Orange County; and “Outstanding Contributions in Education Through the Arts” from the Orange County Department of Education. Deeply committed to education in the arts, she led the Orange County School of the Arts as Artistic Director; and the Voice Conservatory as Director from 2000-2009, where she actively worked to mentor aspiring young artists; create strategic partnerships with leading arts and educational institutions; and to develop long-term educational programs and funding to support the visual and performing arts.
Since retiring from the arts world in 2012, Robin Follman-Otta has led the team at Markall Inc. as President &
CEO, along with its manufacturing arm, RA Industries, LLC. The business is a privately held, woman- and minority (Latina)-owned full-service engineering and fabrication completion center that has operated in Santa Ana, Updated 08/09/2019 CA, for three generations, spanning more than 60 years. Markall is one of the top fabrication and repair centers in North America with highly refined experience in machining precision parts using exotic raw materials, including cobalt, nickel, Inconel, beryllium copper, titanium and thermoplastics. Markall serves the Aerospace & Defense; Commercial; Energy; Entertainment (Animatronics); and Medical industries and owns and occupies a 70,000 square-foot campus in Santa Ana that incorporates onsite specialized manufacturing facilities and an international repair center. The company also has a presence in Houston, TX, New Orleans, LA, and Anchorage, AK. In addition to managing her family’s manufacturing companies, she functions as Chief Operating Officer for their adventure destination fishing lodge in Alaska, Katmai Lodge, located along the famed Alagnak River near the legendary Brooks Falls in the Katmai National Park.
Ms. Follman-Otta received her AA degree locally at Saddleback Jr. College in Mission Viejo, California, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Taking advantage of Orange County’s educational resources, Follman-Otta in 2015 earned an Executive MBA degree from Chapman University, and now serves as a Governor on the Chapman University Board of Governors, as well as the Board of Counselors for the Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University. She continues to support the arts community by serving as CEO of the Follman-Young Foundation for the Arts, a 501(c)3 a public charity; founder and CEO of the Katmai Lodge Alaska and Markall Inc. Foundation for Disease & Disability
Awareness; being an active member of the Segerstrom Center of the Arts support group, Angels of the Arts; and acting in an advisory position to Pacific Symphony’s Opera Support Task Force. For the past 2 years, Ms. Follman-Otta has been designated by the Orange County Business Journal’s (OCBJ) OC500 as one of the most influential people in the Orange County business community.
Robin's session at this year's BizCon is titled: CREATING A PERSONAL, FAMILY & BUSINESS VISION. Visions of success come in many different forms. Robin Follman-Otta has experienced success as an international operatic soprano, a mother, wife, educator, philanthropist, entrepreneur and CEO. She is the third generation of Follman’s to lead her family-owned manufacturing business that serves customers with products and services used around the world, under the sea, and in space. Robin takes command of any stage as a former opera soprano and TedTalk speaker and will do the same at the NLBWA-IE 2019 BizCon on October 30 in Ontario, CA. Register today to hear all about Robin’s adventures, trials, tribulations and successes in her world of opera and, now, as President & CEO of her woman- and Latina-owned manufacturing family business.