Working in major markets and at the network level for many years, he earned national awards and recognition for his news anchoring and reporting, including two embedded tours with US Forces in Iraq. Rob had the “scoop” and was with the unit that lead the way on March 20th, 2003, and he provided the first reports from Iraq.
In addition, he worked with nationally known talent and managers, who allowed his creative juices in the production studio, where his copywriting and production abilities earned more awards for commercials and special events.
Rob’s father provided some of his career inspiration, as a rep for Campbell-Ewald, Chevrolet’s ad agency, where one of Rob’s ideas was turned into a commercial for Chevy Trucks.(https://youtu.be/_EQ-03HY7C4)
Rob advertising work has included a successful campaign, including rebranding, new logo and, pretty rare in the 1990’s, an interactive website for the Boston Lobster Feast restaurant group in Orlando. They also had menus in 16 different languages.
Rob attended college at the University of Texas-Arlington & the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a dual major of history and political science. By his own count, he has been hit by more than 25 hurricanes and tropical storms, including Katrina, Ivan, Andrew and Hugo. He spent six weeks in New Orleans covering the Katrina disaster for Fox News-Radio.
His reporting also lead him to some movie sets, and into the “extras” category, for “Escape from New York” and “Alamo, The Price of Freedom” and “First Time Felon”. He has written for American Rifleman, Soldier of Fortune Magazine and others.
A few of his awards include:
- RTNDA “Murrow Award” for coverage of the war in Iraq in 2003, and the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007.
- Dallas Press Club, best radio field reporter 2001
- Houston Press Club, best radio field reporter 2004
- RTNDA Regional Murrow Award for Deepwater Horizon oil Disaster 2010
- Pensacola Addy Awards, Grand Champion, best radio commercial 2011
Rob’s Strengths Include:
- Speech Giving/Writing
- Focus Group Manager
- Grant Writing
- Technical Writing
- Direct Mail Writing
- Crisis Management
- Media Production
- Media Placement
- And more….
Away from work, Rob likes to travel. 38 countries so far, many of those by taking a tall ship to a small island. There will be scuba diving, cigar smoking and beach time involved.