Rob is the Chief Financial Officer of Oyster Consulting, LLC. He has been in the financial services industry for 25 years. Since Oyster’s founding in 2008, Rob has helped guide the firm through its rapid expansion, growing from four to over 50 employees serving over 420 clients in North America, the Caribbean and Europe. The Oyster team has over 1,000 years of combined experience in audit, compliance, finance, operations, technology, trading and strategic management consulting.
Rob, along with the other Principals of Oyster, is responsible for the growth of the company, to meet the expectations of clients, employees, investors and the law. Rob’s primary responsibility to that end is monitoring and tracking Oyster financial stability and reporting results as needed, internally and externally. In addition, Rob also serves Oyster’s clients as a FINOP, and performs family office supervision, where he serves on various Boards, and acts as Trustee.
Prior to starting Oyster Consulting, Rob was with Wachovia Securities, LLC (and its predecessor firms) for seven years, serving in various roles, most recently as a Senior Manager in the Private Client Group’s Central Supervision Department where he directed a team of individuals responsible for the firm’s centralized supervision effort, reviewing branch managers and financial advisors trading and electronic communications. Prior to this, he managed a group in the firm’s Registration and Employee Account Group, and was a Compliance Officer in the firm’s Product Group and Internal Controls Unit.
Rob began his career in public accounting with Arthur Andersen in 1993 where he became lead auditor on a number of financial services audit engagements in Washington, DC and Hamilton, Bermuda, including hedge funds, reinsurance companies and captive insurance companies. In 1998 he assumed the role of Account Manager for Leeds Management, an offshore hedge fund administrator located in Bermuda. In this position, he became an officer and director, as well as the transfer agent of a number of offshore hedge funds.
Education, Accolades and Affiliations
- Graduate of Randolph-Macon College with a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Economics
- Completed the Accounting Certificate program at Virginia Commonwealth University, and subsequently passed the CPA exam
- FINRA Series 7, 9, 10, 24, 27 and 66 registration exams.
Publications and Presentations
FINOP Exam Priorities and COVID 19 Impacts on FINOP Procedures – FINOP Exam Priorities and COVID 19 Impacts on FINOP ProcedureOyster Stew Podcast, April 8, 2020