Bob Troutt's real estate career was started on one simple idea in 1996 ... that Jonesboro needed an 18-hole public golf course. What came of that simple idea was Sage Meadows, a 550 home development on a Tommy Bolt Signature golf course in Northeast Jonesboro that is now fully developed with more than 1,500 residents. What followed with even a bigger deal in North Port Florida called Bobcat Trail, a 550-unit residential development on a Bob Tway Signature Golf Course. That was followed by Plantation Estates right down the street in North Port on part of a 2,200 acre piece of land known as Panacea. All project done by Troutt, his partners and company KEB Inc. KEB was a major part of the reason that North Port grew from a sleepy town of 20,000 people in 1996 to more than 60,000 people today.
Prior to real estate, Troutt was a key member of Troutt Brothers Inc., owners of The Jonesboro Sun, the newspaper bought by his great-grandfather in 1901. The Troutts sold the daily, at that time the fourth largest newspaper in Arkansas to Paxton Publishing in 2000. Prior to the sale, Troutt rose from the ranks of kid carrier to reporter/photographer to ultimately Assistant Publisher. During his 25 years on the job, the newspaper grew from a 17,000 circulation daily, 24,000 Sunday to 28,000 daily and 32,000 circulation Sunday. In 1998, The Sun, under the Troutt's watch was selected runner up for the Pulitzer Price for its reporting of the Westside Elementary School shooting. Troutt and his brother, John E. Troutt, completed a major redesign of the newspaper that brought it into the 21st century.
Troutt began selling real estate in 2008 for ERA Doty Real Estate in Jonesboro where he remains today. During his real estate sales career, he has sold more than $50 million in real estate and has ranked within the top 10 agents in Jonesboro for all but 2 years of his career. He was named Rookie of the Year by the Jonesboro Board of Realtors in 2008 and was named to the National ERA Leadership Team for total awards units in 2009. He has been a Diamond Member for sales three different years.
More recently, Troutt has developed Wildwood and is in the process of developing Bobcat Meadows, both of which are located in Northeast Jonesboro. Both are residential single family subdivision with bills of assurance and minimum and maximum building guidelines.
Troutt is married to the former Pam Riggs and has two children, Scott Troutt, a local Jonesboro attorney and Amanda Troutt Heringer, an executive with St. Bernard's Wellness Center. He also has three grandchildren, Greta Grace Troutt and Clara Faith Troutt and Harper Helen Heringer.