2024 marks Rob's 28th season in Minor League Baseball, all with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. A native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Rob received his bachelor's degree in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He began his career with the Timber Rattlers as an unpaid intern before joining the full-time staff as a group sales representative. After two years in group ticket sales, Rob was promoted to Director of Baseball Operations and then to Vice President of Baseball Operations. Following the 2002 season, he was promoted to Team President and General Manager. In 2020, with the uncertainty surrounding Minor League Baseball and the pandemic canceling the season, Rob, along with his business partners Craig Dickman and Brad Raaths, purchased the team and the stadium, creating the first private ownership group in Appleton baseball club history.
Under Rob’s leadership, the Timber Rattlers have been recognized multiple times for their achievements. In 2012, the team was named the Fox Valley Small Business of the Year by the Appleton Post-Crescent and received Minor League Baseball’s highest achievement for promotional excellence, the Larry MacPhail Award. The team received the Midwest League President's Award in 2005, 2018, and 2019 and was recognized four times – in 2012, 2015, 2016, and 2017 – by the Midwest League for promotional excellence. In 2019, the Timber Rattlers were awarded two Minor League Baseball Golden Bobbleheads for Theme Night of the Year as well as Promotion of the Year. To cap off 2019, the team was named to the inaugural list of Top 50 best employers in all of sports by Front Office Sports, the only Minor League team to do so. In 2022, the Timber Rattlers repeated as recipients of the Front Office Sports best employers in sports award and were named the Baseball America Frietas Award winner for Single A, which represents the best Single A franchise in Minor League Baseball. From a personal standpoint, Rob was recognized as UW-Whitewater's Outstanding Recent Alumni in 2004, has been recognized as the Midwest League Executive of the Year three times – in 2007, 2012, and 2018 and was named the 2023 Baseball America Minor League Baseball Executive of the Year.
Rob was also instrumental in bringing a Northwoods League baseball team to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and has served as the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders Team President since their inception in 2017. The team has seen much success in their short existence and was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the Marian University Business and Industry Awards in 2017. The team captured their first league title the next season in only their second year of existence and repeated as league champion in 2020. Rob resides in De Pere, Wisconsin with his wife, Nikki, and has two sons, Cooper and Davis.email Rob