As an Advisory Partner, Bob works closely with Summit’s investment teams to identify new investment opportunities and collaborate with portfolio company leaders to help shape growth strategies focused on long-term value creation. Bob also assists in the firm’s business development activities.
Bob brings more than 25 years of senior leadership and investment experience, both as a venture and growth equity investor and as a board director for a number of public and private companies and non-profit organizations, including Align Technology (Nasdaq: “ALGN”), Authentec (Nasdaq: “AUTH”, acquired by Apple), Blackboard (Nasdaq: “BBBB”, acquired by Providence Equity), eScreen (acquired by Alere/Abbott Labs), Pacur, Potter Electric Signal, Thomas Weisel Partners (acquired by Stifel Financial), Transportation Insight, Viator (acquired by Trip Advisor), Wall Street Institute (acquired by Pearson Education), and Washing Systems (acquired by Kao Corporation).
Prior to joining Summit, Bob was a Partner at Gryphon Investors, where he served as Head of the Industrial Growth Group. Previously, Bob was General Partner and Managing Director of Cheyenne Capital Fund and Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Investment Policy Committee for the New Jersey State Investment Council, which oversees the state’s $78 billion pension fund. Bob served for a decade as a Partner and member of the Management Committee at The Carlyle Group, where he was the Global Head of Venture & Growth Capital. While at Carlyle, Bob served as Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). Bob began his finance career at Robertson, Stephens & Co., where he was a Partner and served as a member of the firm’s Management Committee.
Earlier in his career, Bob worked in the White House as a senior policy advisor to President George H.W. Bush. He held several key roles, including Deputy Assistant to the President, Executive Associate Director of the Office of Management & Budget (OMB), OMB Associate Director for Natural Resources, Energy and Science, and chief speechwriter on the successful 1988 Bush-Quayle presidential campaign. He began his career as Legislative and then Administrative Assistant to U.S. Congresswoman Millicent Fenwick and as Director of Communications and Policy for New Jersey Governor Thomas H. Kean.
Bob holds an AB from Harvard College and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he taught for over a decade as a Lecturer in Public Management. Bob has served as a director of more than two dozen private and public companies and is currently a board director at Maxim Integrated Products (NASDAQ: MXIM), Stifel Financial (NYSE: SF) and the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.