Now retired, Rob has spent more than 40 years as a professional planning and economic development executive with comprehensive experience in both the public and private sectors. He has served as planning director and community development director with the City of Beloit, WI; economic development consultant and manager with Wisconsin Electric Power Company, a large gas/electric utility; vice president of the Quad City Development Group, a bi-state regional economic development corporation; and Industrial Development Manager with the City of Rockford, IL.
These positions provided Rob with a very broad background in all phases of urban planning and community/economic development, including comprehensive city planning, business retention and expansion, project generation, project negotiation, deal closing and project implementation. These positions also provided him with the opportunity to develop strong management skills including program development and management, strategic planning and goal setting, consensus and team building, personnel management and budget administration. Throughout his career, Rob has demonstrated the ability to coordinate people and resources to successfully develop and complete major complex projects.
During his career, Rob has served on the board of directors of several professional development organizations, including Mid-America Economic Development Council, Illinois Development Council, Professional Developers of Iowa, and Wisconsin Economic Development Association (President 1989-1991).
Rob graduated from the University of Iowa in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology and Political Science and completed his graduate work at the University of Iowa in Urban and Regional Planning in 1971.