Chairman and CEO
As its President, Robert most recently led the formation and successful development of Merrill Lynch Capital from its inception in 2001 until its 2008 sale to GE Capital, during which he was responsible for all aspects of the business. Robert and his team grew Merrill Lynch Capital into a leading middle-market commercial finance company managing $20 billion of loan commitments on its balance sheet and another $12 billion for third parties.
Prior to forming Merrill Lynch Capital, Robert held senior positions with Heller Financial, Inc., including Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development responsible for the company’s strategic planning, business development and M&A worldwide. Robert also served as Group President of Heller Healthcare Finance, the company’s third largest division, and played an instrumental role in structuring and negotiating Heller’s 2001 sale to GE Capital for $5.6 billion.
Robert’s background also includes a number of executive positions with The Finova Group, Inc., a middle-market commercial finance company, most recently as Executive Vice President and head of the Capital Markets Group.
Robert is a member of the board of directors of CDK Global, Inc. (Nasdaq: CDK), a leading provider of integrated information technology and digital marketing/advertising solutions to the automotive retail industry.
His civic duties include supporting the Kelly Hall YMCA, a community center serving children living in Chicago’s West Humboldt Park neighborhood.
Robert holds an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University and a B.S. from Syracuse University.