Rob is a highly accomplished financial industry executive with a proven track record as a strong leader. He has taken leadership roles at community banks, redeveloped entire commercial lending teams, and raised profitability to high-performance standards.
Rob began his career as a Sales Engineer for A.O. Smith Corporation, a publicly traded company based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While employed by A.O. Smith, Rob obtained his MBA at Rochester Institute of Technology, where he developed a passion for the finance industry. After several more years as a Sales Engineer, Rob levered his education and work-experience into a completely new career in the financial services industry with a role as a Commercial Lender for a community bank. Rob’s strong knowledge of manufacturing gave him a significant advantage in the Commercial & Industrial (C&I) lending space, and he rapidly developed a strong reputation as a reliable, trustworthy lender who understood his client’s business.
Rob showed his natural leadership skills as a commercial lender and was recruited to manage a team at Home National Bank, where he successfully delivered strong results for the bank. While there, Rob obtained his Masters in Banking from Sheshunoff Banking School, which further prepared him for continued success in banking. After five years at Home National Bank, he took on the opportunity to serve as Arizona Market President for Alerus. In that role, Rob built a team of commercial bankers, treasury managers, consumer bankers, and mortgage bankers, over 20 professionals combined. Prior to joining Gainey Business Bank, Rob served as Executive Vice President of a leasing company in Scottsdale, where he managed banking programs and assisted with various business development endeavors.
Rob has been featured as an AZ Business Leader six times, and he was featured as an AZ Business Leader to Watch in 2021. Rob is passionate about the banking industry, having been actively involved in the Arizona Bankers Association for over 12 years, most recently serving as Executive Director and Vice Chairman.
His passion for the community is exemplified in his impressive history of service to several non-profits including service as a Site Council Member at North Ranch Elementary School, a Board Manager for the YMCA of Scottsdale/Paradise Valley, and as a Director for Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial.
Rob and his wife, Suzanna, live in Scottsdale. They have two adult children. The eldest, Madeline, is a Business Manager for a consulting company, and lives in Tacoma, Washington. She is married to Second Lieutenant Alec Young, who is a C-17 pilot for the U.S. Air Force. Rob and Suzanna’s son, Jack, lives in Scottsdale and works as a Welding Instructor for East Valley Institute of Technology. Rob and Suzanna enjoy golf, hiking, and travel, and spending time at their second home in Flagstaff, Arizona.