Rob grew up in Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University with a BSChE degree in Chemical Engineering. Upon graduation, he joined Esso Research and Engineering Company and moved to New York City. Rob left Esso to attend graduate school and received an MSChE and Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering in 1968. Rob has worked for several companies during his career, including Monsanto, Standard Oil Company, BP and AT&T International. In 1988 he received an MBA degree from Case Western Reserve University with a major in finance.
Rob also founded several start-up companies. Rob joined CAMP (Cleveland Advanced Manufacturing Program), a not-for-profit economic development organization, as a vice president but left in 1997 to join Case Western Reserve University as a professor with a joint appointment in the Business School and the Engineering School. Rob and his wife decided to retire and moved to the Monadnock Region in June of 2008. Some of the things Rob is most passionate about include teaching, cooking (he attended ICASI Culinary Institute in Cleveland), anything having to do with the outdoors and giving back to the community. Rob presently serves on the Marlborough (New Hampshire) Planning Board, The Colonial Theatre Board, and the Monadnock United Way Board. Rob is a member of The Monadnock (Dublin) Rotary, and he also teaches in the Cheshire Academy for Lifelong Learning program at Keene State College.