Robert grew up on a beef and dairy farm in Yadkin County, North Carolina. He obtained BS degrees from NC State University in Food Science and in Animal Science. Following college, Robert worked in the dairy industry with Kraft Dairy Group and as the founding General Manager of Carolina Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative in Charlotte in 1984. The Cooperative quickly grew to cover five states, and in 1998 merged with Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers of Reston, Virginia. Robert was the CEO of the merged Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers until 2002. The merged Cooperative marketed the milk from 1500 dairy farms, employed 440 associates, had consolidated sales over $700 Million, and operated three manufacturing plants.
Robert left the Cooperative in 2001, and returned to Charlotte where he and a business partner, Sandy Berlin, were introduced to B Robert’s Foods Inc. He and Berlin envisioned a business opportunity in the growing market for fresh, convenience foods, so they purchased B. Robert’s Foods in 2004.
B Robert’s Foods grew rapidly from $6 M in sales in 2004 to $40+ M in 2015. In 2015, the Company sold to Bakkavor, USA, an International leader in fresh convenience foods.
Robert has now returned to his roots in the country and spends most of his time in Ashe Lansing, NC.