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As a former Fortune 100 chief executive officer in the energy, telecommunication and utility industries, Bob has extensive experience in capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, and regulatory and legislative strategies.

Bob has served on the boards of directors of seven publicly traded companies and was elected chairman of the board of two New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) companies and three other publicly listed companies. He guided these companies and others in capital markets strategies involving initial public offerings (IPOs) and private investments with a combined value of more than $5 billion and more than 50 merger, acquisition and divestiture transactions, some of which surpassed $1 billion.

Companies under Bob’s leadership were recognized as “Risk Manager of the Year” by Energy Power and Risk Magazine, “Utility of the Year” by Electric Light and Power Magazine, and “Employer of the Year” by the Human Resource Management Association (HRMA). Bob worked at Husch Blackwell from 1987 to 1989 before going to Utilicorp United Inc., later known as Aquila Inc. He returned to the firm in 2003 as a Partner.




  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2005


  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School
    • Journal of Transnational Law, Authorities Editor
  • B.S.E., Princeton University


  • Missouri

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • American Gas Association, Past Board Member 
  • Edison Electric Institute, Past Board Member 
  • eScout, Past Board Member 
  • Quanta Services, Past Board Member
  • UeComm, Past Chair 
  • United Energy, Past Chair
  • United Networks, Past Chair
Community Leadership
  • Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout, Executive Board
  • Business Roundtable, Board of Directors
  • Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
  • Heart of America Boy Scouts, President
  • Heart of America United Way, Treasurer
  • Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, Chair
  • Kansas City Economic Development Council, Co-chair
  • Learning Exchange, Board of Directors
  • Midwest Research Institute, Board of Trustees
  • Pembroke Hill School, Board of Trustees; Treasurer
  • Skills USA/VICA, Advisory Council Chair
  • YMCA of Greater Kansas City, Chair