Rob graduated from the University of Illinois in 1985 and received his MBA from the University of Chicago in 1990. He began his career in corporate finance helping clients structure balance sheets, raise capital for acquisitions, and develop creative solutions for interest rate, currency, and other risk exposures. Rob joined SEI Corporation in 1990 as a consultant to institutional investors. He went on to manage and advise institutional clients first at Merrill Lynch in 1995, then at UBS Global Asset Management where he also served as advisor on new investment strategies, bringing institutional client needs and objectives to bear on product development. Rob also co-founded Aqueduct Investment Partners, a private equity firm focused on delivering globally diversified agriculture portfolios.