When not tickling the ivories, Bob is an attorney, enterprise strategist, community activist, and teacher. Thirty-four years ago, Bob v1.0 began his legal career at Jenkens & Gilchrist, P.C., where he specialized in leveraged buyouts, M&A, and bank regulatory law. In 2000, Bob launched v2.0 and began a run as General Counsel for three software companies – two public and one private – directing their worldwide legal affairs and, ultimately, their sale. In between versions, Bob played games – as in organized, built, and ran two computer game companies.
These days, Bob entertains himself by stirring up the community. He founded Social Venture Partners Dallas sixteen years ago, an initiative that seeks to apply venture capital principles to philanthropy. Bob chairs The GroundFloor, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ social innovation fund, which provides seed-stage funding for social enterprises. He serves by gubernatorial appointment as the chair of the OneStar Foundation, whose mission is to build a better nonprofit sector for a better Texas, and formerly served as a member of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund Advisory Committee.
Bob also teaches Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship to undergraduate and graduate students in the Naveen Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas and mentors a handful of promising young entrepreneurs just for the fun of it.
As for free time, Bob is currently all booked up, unless of course you want to talk about his three daughters, six grandchildren, or jazz theory.