Rob began his banking career in 1979 at Idaho First National Bank, which eventually became U.S. Bank. At the end of his time at U.S. Bank, he managed the Intermountain Division of Commercial Real Estate, which had over a billion dollars in assets and offices in Boise, Spokane, Reno, Las Vegas, and Salt Lake City. He left U.S. Bank to found Western Capital Corporation, a boutique business bank now known as Northwest Bank, and to serve as its Chief Executive Officer. During Rob's tenure, the Bank expanded to offices in Portland and Seattle. Rob left Northwest Bank to become the Idaho Regional President for Bank of the Cascades, later acquired by First Interstate Bank. On April 5, 2019, Rob took an early retirement option from First Interstate to pursue multiple business opportunities.
In addition to executive banking roles, Rob has been an active commercial real estate investor and involved in entrepreneurial pursuits for nearly twenty years. Projects include Steelwood Enterprises (7 commercial real estate flex units and an 8-unit condo plat), the acquisition and development of land at Five Mile and Chinden in Boise, the development of 3 commercial subdivisions in Meridian, and the management of 3 funds that lend money for various real estate projects. Additionally, Rob has been involved in Bank and management consulting, having experienced first-hand the importance of facilitating the development of healthy organizations that lead to exceptional financial results.
He has been married to his wife MaryAnn for41 years. They have two children, Rick (CPA, CFO, Core Building Co.) and Kim (Oncology Nursing Supervisor, stem cell transplant team St. Luke's Boise). Rob was confirmed by the Boise City Council as a CCDC Commissioner on April 12, 2022, for a standard five-year term ending in April 2027. He was appointed by Mayor Lauren McLean.
Community involvement (past and present):
- St. Alphonsus Community Hospital Board and Finance Committee
• Boise State University College of Business
• Northwest Nazarene College of Business
• Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry Board Member
• Boy's and Girl's Club of Ada County
• Board Member of Windland, Inc. (privately held wind energy co.)
• Idaho Business for Education
• Thornton Oliver Keller Advisory Board