When not tickling the ivories, Bob is an attorney, enterprise strategist, community activist, and teacher. Thirty-six 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 v2.0 launched as he 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, ran, and sold three computer game companies.
These days, Bob entertains himself by stirring up the community. He founded and serves as Chairman Emeritus of Social Venture Partners Dallas, an initiative that seeks to apply venture capital principles to philanthropy. Bob helped imagine, then chaired, and continues to serve on the advisory committee of The GroundFloor, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ social innovation fund and impact accelerator program, which provides seed-stage funding for social enterprises. In 2017, Bob joined the board of UWMD and serves on its Executive Committee. By gubernatorial appointment, he chairs 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.
In addition to practicing law, Bob is a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship in the Naveen Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Did we mention that he mentors a handful of promising young entrepreneurs too, just for the fun of it?
As for free time, Bob is currently booked up, unless of course you want to talk about his three daughters, eight grandchildren, or jazz theory.