Rob has 20 years of commercial banking and corporate finance experience. Prior to co-founding Essex, Rob worked in the financial institutions investment banking group at Wachovia Securities (legacy First Union Securities), focusing primarily on public and private debt and equity raises for the mezzanine finance sector. Earlier in his career, Rob worked as a commercial banker for AmSouth Bank. Rob has a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University. In his spare time, Rob enjoys golf, boating, and spending time with his wife, Sarah, daughters Sophia and Charlotte and German Shorthaired Pointer, McKinsey.
Bob has 40 years investment banking experience at several firms, including Merrill, Lynch and Adams, Harkness & Hill where he was a Principal. He is a former Allied Member of the NYSE. His CEO experience includes a 42 store restaurant chain, 55 unit convenience store chain, $40 million Caribbean resort, and the largest distributor of craft & needlework products in the U.S. He was also the founder and CEO of an oil & gas company that he took public on the NYSE in a $282 million IPO. Bob has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College, and he is a former US Navy Lieutenant. When not working for Essex clients, Bob and his wife Linda enjoy their family, including entertaining their grandchildren and spending time at the beach.