Robert’s involvement with Southeast Conference began in 2001 and continued for 7 years as a member of the SEC Board of Directors, including one year as president before stepping down in 2008 to take the role of SEC Energy Coordinator. Robert was previously employed by the Haines Borough for nearly 8 years, the first half as Economic Development Director and the last half as Borough Manager. Before his work with the municipality, Robert was the local manager for a SE Alaskan regional wholesale distributor and served 7 years on the local chamber of commerce with 2 terms as President. Robert has served on a number of boards and commissions and currently is a member of the state’s Marine Transportation Advisory Board as well as the Haines Borough’s Planning Commission and the Chilkat Valley Community Foundation. He and his wife lived in Haines for more than 25 years, before moving to the "big city" of Juneau in 2015.