Rob leads FEMA’s private sector engagement and integration through the Private Sector Division and National Business Emergency Operations Center (NBEOC). He has more than 15 years of experience in emergency management and homeland security in the military, private sector, and at the state and federal level.
Under his leadership, NBEOC membership has tripled to more than 800 members with national interests from business, industry, and non-profits including foundations to align FEMA’s efforts with the market place during operational periods.
During the 2017 hurricane season, he led the Crisis Action Planning Team on Private Sector Supply Chain in the National Response Coordination Center, and integrated personnel from DHS NPPD into the NBEOC structure enabling unity of effort for national business continuity. In a first at FEMA, he established a BEOC in the field that became the Puerto Rico BEOC. In the response immediately following Hurricane Maria, this operational public-private partnership developed situational awareness that enabled supply chain stabilization, aligned operations with corporate business continuity, and identified areas of economic concern and prioritization.
In Ohio, he served in key positions within the Ohio Department of Public Safety. As Ohio Homeland Security Advisor and Executive Director of Ohio Homeland Security, he architected the state’s first Cyber Security Strategy and developed the Cyber-Security Program; integrated infrastructure protection into the three fusion centers in the state, and developed a consistent anti-terrorism program training for all of Ohio’s law enforcement agencies.
At the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, he led Ohio’s crisis communications in eight federally declared disasters or emergencies including the 2003 Blackout; developed Ohio’s first operational pandemic response plan and established information sharing procedures between the state intelligence fusion and emergency operations centers as the Chief of Readiness and Response. He also developed the state’s first common operating picture and private sector coordination program in the State EOC during the 2012 Derecho.
Before joining FEMA, Rob founded Resilient Standard Ltd. with the signature project of developing a national emergency management program for a Latin American country. At Booz Allen Hamilton, Rob advised clients in the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and Federal Emergency Management Agency.
After 9/11, he left law school to attend Army Officer Candidate School and deployed to Iraq as an Infantry Officer where he led a unique counterinsurgency team that disrupted Al-Qaeda operations across Iraq. He also led search and relief missions in Mississippi and New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina in the Ohio Army National Guard.
Rob earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Kent State University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Maryland. He is an Honor Graduate of the U.S. Army Infantry Center’s Officer Candidate School, trained as an Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) assessor, and a graduate of the Emergency Management Institute’s Emergency Management Executive Academy.