Robert is responsible for overseeing a wide range of company functions. In addition to managing the company’s Virginia location, he utilizes his academic and professional financial expertise to further Brand Fuel’s growth and secure its position as a leader in a rapidly growing industry.
Before he and Danny co-founded Brand Fuel in 1998, Robert spent four years honing his financial skills and business insight as a stockbroker at A.G. Edwards. While there, he focused on tailoring portfolios to meet the specific needs of a range of clients – a skill that he applies at Brand Fuel daily. And, as the voice of Public Radio’s 6:30 A.M. daily “Pre-Opening Stock Market Report,” Robert provided market commentary and daily economic news updates to the community.
He is the past President of PromoKitchen, the industry’s leading non-profit focusing on education and mentorship, and enjoys helping grow Reciprocity Road, a $230,000,000 distributor-supplier partnership with a strong community support component.
Robert earned his MBA from William & Mary, with a concentration in finance and marketing, and his undergraduate degree from Hampden-Sydney College.
His interests outside of work include running, canoeing, skiing, coaching, and spending time with family. Robert has a long and varied history of civic volunteerism and community involvement. Industry leadership and involvement includes various PPAI and ASI committees, awards, and recognition.
Causes you Support: Nuci’s Space, Norfolk Academy, and The Virginia Zoo.
Favorite Sports Team: Virginia Cavaliers Basketball
Pet Peeves: Gloaters, complainers, Monday Morning Quarterbacks, and cyclists who ignore traffic laws.
Favorite Quote: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Childhood Hero: My parents, Ansel Adams, Darrell Green
What you want to be when you grow up: A role model for my children
Skill no one else knows about: Professional “creature” artist
Music: Love and appreciate most forms of music, as long as the artists are passionate, honest, and have something to say. I’m a 60% (lyrics) / 40% (music) guy. Favorite bands include Drive-By Truckers, Magnolia Electric Co./Jason Molina, Neil Young, The Clash, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Ramones, Grateful Dead, and many other smaller bands busting it nightly to make it.