Originally from Orr’s Island, Maine, Rob graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1999 with a B.S. degree in Naval Architecture. As a junior officer, he earned his surface warfare officer’s qualification on board USS Paul F. Foster (DD 964) and subsequently served as Training Officer on board USS Antietam (CG 54). Rob’s last tour in the Navy was at the Naval Academy where he coached the offshore and intercollegiate sailing teams, and directed the Basic Seamanship Training Program.
At the end of 2005, Rob’s parent’s were halfway through their 10-year circumnavigation on board Calypso, a Bob Perry-designed Valiant 40. Having recently resigned from the US Navy, he soon found himself on a one-way flight to the Sri Lankan port city of Galle.
Two months and 3000-miles later, Rob secured a Sudanese visa and disembarked in Port Sudan. Upon flying to the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, he then spent the next two weeks making his way through the desert to the airport in Cairo to catch a flight on to Kyrgyzstan in central Asia. The next two weeks were spent backpacking, climbing, and camping in the Tien Shan mountains, but with funds running low, and rioting in Kathmandu, he decided to postpone the next leg of his journey and returned to Annapolis, Maryland.
Over the next 6 months, Rob pursued a number of different career ideas, but finally settled in Fort Lauderdale as a Maritime Recruitment Consultant with Faststream Recruitment. Over the next two and a half years, his business quickly evolved and he found significant success as a consultant to technical professionals within the maritime and offshore oil and gas industries.
In 2009, Rob accepted an opportunity to train as a Rig Manager-Performance within Transocean’s Accelerated Operations Management Program and for the past 12 months, he worked as a Roustabout, Floorhand, DPO, Derrickhand, and Assistant Driller on two of Transocean’s newest 6th Generation Drillships.
In late August 2010, Rob signed on with gCaptain.com to manage business development and marketing efforts as Partner / Chief Marketing Officer.