Over the last several years, Rob has become a community advocate, working tirelessly to break the stigma of mental health by sharing his own story of hope, healing and growth with thousands of people.
Rob worked at The Dow Chemical Company for more than 30 years, beginning his career in sales and then moving to marketing and public affairs. As president of The Dow Chemical Company Foundation, Rob provided strategic direction for Dow's philanthropic priorities around the world. He managed implementation of the Foundation’s $40 million annual charitable contributions, with a keen commitment to education, sustainability and community development. Rob has spent the last decade with the company focusing on building resilient, inclusive and sustainable communities around the world.
With a BS from Southeast Missouri State University and an MBA from Drake University, Rob has served on the boards of the United Way of Midland County, the Delta College Foundation and Hidden Harvest. Rob currently serves on the boards of directors for the Council of Michigan Foundations, Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance, Detroit Economic Club and the Chemical Educational Foundation. He also serves as a community director at Chemical Bank.
In addition, Rob serves as an executive coach for Creating Our Best, a company focused on maximizing organization strength through personal development, and he is serving as a teaching fellow for Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. Rob is a certified LivingWorks trainer for SafeTALK suicide prevention and serves on the Steering Team for the Great Lakes Bay Region Mental Health Partnership.
Rob is on a mission to ignite personal passion to find purpose, and in turn make a positive impact on the world. While his work and community service have enabled progress and lasting improvement, he is most proud of his roles as father to his four children and partner to his wife. Each member of his family has, in their own way, created positive social change at home and at work, advancing LGBTQ, mental health, autism and youth empowerment.