Robert S. Waggener, LCSW, FACHE

Promises Behavioral Health

Currently Rob serves as the Chairman of the Board and CEO for Promises Behavioral Health, a multi-state behavioral health company backed by AHP. Rob stepped in as a Senior Advisor with AHP just prior to the emergence of Promises out of a lengthy bankruptcy re-organization. Rob immediately took over as Chairman of the Board and stepped in as CEO one year later to lead the repositioning of the company.

For almost 35 years, Rob Waggener has earned a reputation in the behavioral health industry as an innovator, a connecter, and a leader of change through organizational transformation. Rob has served in privately held, publicly traded, not-for-profit, for-profit, rural, urban, community-based, facility-centric, large and small organizations committed to serving individuals and families struggling with mental health and substance use disorders. Rob is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a distinguished Fellow in the American College of Healthcare, which has enabled him to lead change in individuals and organizations. His ability to lead others to balance a passionate desire to serve with fiscal responsibility has helped him drive unprecedented change and growth, even in tumultuous times.

Most recently Rob served as the Vice President of Addiction Services for Universal Health Services (UHS), an $11 billion hospital and healthcare company. Prior to that role he served as the CEO of Foundations Recovery Network (FRN), a national multi-site treatment company committed to serving adults and families struggling with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Rob led FRN for over 12 years through three acquisitions, while driving internal growth primarily through organic and de novo channels with an ultimate strategic exit to UHS.

Separately, Rob is co-owner in ViaMar Health, an eating disorder treatment company in West Palm Beach Florida. Rob is also an investor and Board member in several other start-up companies in the artificial intelligence/telehealth behavioral health space, in a surgical device start-up and in the hospitality industry. He spends a significant amount of time volunteering with not-for-profits in the behavioral health space and in missions activities with not-for-profits. He and his wife Liz are actively engaged widely with philanthropy.