Bob grew up in suburban Omaha. In 1980, he graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he received a B.S. Degree in Agriculture majoring in Natural Resources. From 1982 to 1986 he worked for the Little Blue NRD in south central Nebraska as an assistant in the water department. From 1986 to 2002 he was the General Manager of the Middle Niobrara NRD which is in the Sandhills of North Central Nebraska. Since 2002 he has been the General Manager of the Nemaha NRD which encompasses parts of 8 counties and 40 communities in southeast Nebraska including Nebraska City.