After graduating from MSU, Rob completed five valuable years in the agriculture, construction and real estate practice at the public accounting firm of Arthur Andersen. In 1989, Rob accepted the Controller position at McGuire and Hester. Rob was promoted to CFO in 1990 and was directly responsible for all accounting, financial, risk management, marketing, safety, and human resource functions. His early years at McGuire and Hester were extremely valuable in terms of gaining experience and recognizing opportunities.
Under the re-energized leadership team, with Joe & Mike Hester, the new management team turned the Company around from a decade of operational losses to over 30 years of profitable operations (minus the 2009 recession). Rob implemented the Company’s 401k plan in 1990 and engineered the transition of McGuire and Hester ownership to an employee-owned ESOP company in 2003.
Today, these combined plans are one of the best employee retirement benefits in the industry. Rob was an instrumental part in the strategic growth of the Company, including the addition of landscape and architectural concrete to the Company’s skill set in 2005.
In 2017, after 28 years with McGuire and Hester, Rob was promoted to President of Harbor Linx, Inc., formerly MH Holding Company. Rob is responsible for the broad oversight of all subsidiaries, investments, real estate development, acquisitions, business support, and accounting services.
Continuing the strategic growth, Circa ’26, Inc., a real estate development company, was added in 2018. In 2020, Rob was responsible for the concrete group expansion through the acquisition of Casey Fogli Concrete Construction, and CF&T Concrete Pumping. Rob lives by his motto—“Leave it better than you found it.”