Robert spent thirteen years as an intelligence officer at the Central Intelligence Agency. He conducted worldwide risk assessments of U.S. operations, and was assigned as U.S. representative to the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Upon the conclusion of the First Gulf War, he was assigned as Chief of Base in the Middle East, leading a then unprecedented international intelligence office. He earned CIA and UN commendations for his leadership on issues related to the Persian Gulf.
Graduating with Highest Honors distinction, Beta Gamma Sigma, Robert earned his Master of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut. He also earned a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
Robert is a published author in the Handbook of Business Strategy (2006 and 1998), Journal of Alternative Investments (2005), Measuring Business Excellence (2005), and is a contributing author in Proteus: Insights from 2020 (2000), a scenario planning project for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.