Bob was raised on a farm and ranch near Uniontown, WA. He worked with his father on the farm until returning to the University of Idaho, where he received his undergraduate and gradate degrees. He then entered public service as an elected city council member of Moscow, Idaho. Bob began his career in development and fundraising with the University of Idaho. In the last ten years he has woke with several higher education institutions, including UC Davis Health System and Washington State University. Bob and his wife Sara have been married for 27 years and have three children.