Rob is co-founder with José Andrés of Think Food Group (TFG) and currently serves as Vice Chairman. TFG has created more than 30 restaurants internationally with over 2,000 employees, from fast casual to luxury gastronomic experiences. Restaurant Business Magazine recently rated TFG the most innovative multi-concept company in America.
In 2015 Rob founded FoodTech Angels to lead investment syndicates in early stage technology companies that have the potential to change the world through the power of food. Since its founding FTA has supported 10 innovative companies as advisor and investor.
Rob also founded and led Austin Grills until its successful sale in 2006. Rob serves as advisor to portfolio companies and mentor at the Halcyon Incubator (also Advisory Board/Selection Committee), Village Capital Food & Ag Innovation, and Yale Entrepreneurial Institute. He has been a featured speaker at TEDx, NRA Innovation, FSTEC and was a member of Maryland Angels Council.
Rob is also an active member of YPO/WPO and serves on the Executive Committees of the DC Downtown BID & Federal City Council, as Finance Chair of the Shakespeare Theater Company.
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