Bob Rink, currently serving as president of TEOE, is a freelance photographer, generally assisting local governments, organizations and non-profits with their photography needs. He served as the city of Phoenix’s photographer for 25 years and his photography has appeared in numerous publications, including Arizona Highways, Arizona Republic, Boston Globe, Mesa Tribune, New Times, Phoenix Business Journal, Sunset Magazine, The Oregonian, USA Today, and Washington Post.
Rink became involved with TEOE in 1988 with an exchange between Himeji, Japan and Phoenix. Since then, he has completed exchanges with Havana, Cuba; Hermosillo, Mexico; Baguio, Philippines and recently Cairns, Australia. He and his sister have developed an annual international photo festival with the Sonoran Cultural Institute in Alamos, Mexico, which travels throughout the state of Sonora and Arizona. He is currently on the board of the Japanese Friendship Garden located at Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix. In addition, he is chair of the Alamos Committee with the Scottsdale Sister Cities Association.