Chief Operations Officer
Robert is a highly successful business leader who thrives on helping clients strategize, pursue, capture and start complex, competitive contracts. He was founder and CEO of Atlas, which provided solutions for large engineering pursuits, until merging operations with LSI in 2019. He also founded Accelerate, receiving General Dynamics’ Supplier Excellence Award. Robert previously served as SVP of Operations at SM&A, which then was the largest provider of business development services [NASDAQ: WINS]. He rose through the ranks following his first engagement where he developed a service he named QuickStart. The QuickStart service eventually doubled corporate revenue and evolved into a billion-dollar line of business. His extensive leadership roles at SM&A included SVP of Business Development, SVP of Innovation, VP Account Executive, Site Director, Engagement lead, Capture Mentor, Proposal Manager, and Program Manager. During Robert’s foundational career at McDonnell Douglas [NYSE: MD], he distinguished himself in engineering including roles as chief engineer, program manager, and senior manager of advanced product development. He has served on the Board of Directors of CSPi, a multinational, publicly-traded corporation [NASDAQ: CSPI]. Robert graduated from Valparaiso University with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering, earning the university’s Outstanding Service Award.