Bob graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1971 with a major in Mathematics and began a long and varied career as a Naval Officer. After an assignment aboard a Navy destroyer at Pearl Harbor, he attended the Naval Aviation Schools Command and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1973. His first assignment was as a flight instructor in the Grumman S-2 Tracker aircraft in Corpus Christi, Texas teaching advanced navigation and aircraft systems. In addition to flight duties, he served as the squadron’s maintenance officer and later as the administrative officer. In 1975, Bob transitioned into the Lockheed P-3 Orion and moved to Jacksonville, Florida and Patrol Squadron 56. He went on to become a Plane Commander and Mission Commander in P-3C Orion operating in the Caribbean, North Atlantic and Mediterranean. He achieved additional qualifications as a Maintenance Check Pilot and became the squadron’s Chief Flight Instructor giving all the in-flight and ground exams for 36 pilots in the squadron and was published in the Navy’s Aviation Safety Magazine. He has ratings as a multi-engine commercial pilot with instrument certification and was type rated in the Lockheed L-188 aircraft. He left active duty in 1978 and went on to serve in the Naval Reserve until 1995 when he retired at the rank of Commander. As a reservist he worked extensively with the admissions office of the US Naval Academy helping select future midshipmen. He served on the selection boards of the former Senator Phil Gramm and Congressman Jack Fields assisting in the selection of their service academy nominees.
After leaving active duty in 1978, Bob went to work in the chemical industry at the Lubrizol Corporation. During 18 years at Lubrizol, Bob had a number of assignments in saIes where he eventually became an International Account Manager. He developed broad expertise in the area of chemical additives for fuels and lubricants that involved formulating, lab testing, mechanical testing and field trials. He later went on to join Uniroyal Chemical where he began developing markets for lubricant additives and expanded into Product Management. In 2007 Bob went to work for Cognis Corporation (later purchased by BASF Corporation) managing regional and multinational corporate accounts. Bob’s responsibilities required him to be the primary communicator between the customer and corporate R&D, manufacturing, accounting and legal at all levels of management. Bob is the past President of the Texas Gulf Coast Section of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), he has been active with the American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM) and the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE).
While at the Lubrizol Corporation Bob attended The South Texas College of Law at night graduating with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 1985 and became a member of the Texas Bar. In 2010, he trained with “Project Salute” in order to be able to practice before the VA and assist Veterans with their legal rights as it applied to their benefits.
He has now completed the necessary training to be a Mediator in the State of Texas and looks forward to utilizing those skills to continue working with Veterans, with various commercial interests in the petro-chemical and aviation industries.