Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Distinguished Alumni

Bob Mills

Bob Mills - 2001

Robert L. Mills is someone probably all Oklahomans have seen in television advertising. Known best for his unique sweaters and as “the working man’s friend,” Mills is president and owner of Bob Mills Furniture Company in Oklahoma City.

Mills is a 1969 graduate of Southwestern where he received bachelor’s degrees in both business and music. 

He started his furniture business in 1971 in an old IGA grocery store building at 2625 S.W. 29th. The location remained there for 15 years. After years of concentrated effort, the business grew and, in the late 1980s, Mills moved the business to its present location, an 110,000 square foot facility at 3600 W. Reno in Oklahoma City.

Mills is president of several other companies, including Mission Transport, a truck fleet; Southern Media, Inc., an advertising agency; and Sunrise Development, a real estate development firm.

Mills was born in Roswell, N.M., in 1947 and is the only child of Jim and Lorean Mills. He and his family moved to Oklahoma City in 1956. He attended and graduated from Putnam City High School in 1965.

As both a business and family man, Mills feels strongly about the need to participate in activities that create a better community. He is a member of the Foundation Board of Directors of Integris Baptist Medical Center and also serves on the board’s executive committee. He is also very interested in business development programs and gives talks across the state of Oklahoma to high school and college marketing students.

He and his wife, Margaret, have three children—Bryan, Tuesday and Chris.