Entering the workforce at age 13, Robert worked his summers at construction sites carrying heavy things. From this experience, he learned the value of pursuing what you love, and has been doing so ever since.
After years of working as a professional woodworker, Robert decided to pursue design and typography at Pratt Institute. Grateful he wasn’t swayed by a professor that hated the, then new, world wide web, he went on to have a very successful web design and programming shop in SoHo.
Later, while working as Senior Web Developer at NetworkArts in North Carolina he met his future partners, David Minton and Frank Yonnetti. Together they started DesignHammer in 2001.
In the office
Robert’s claims to fame in the office are that he came up with the name DesignHammer, and he says it was his idea to pay employees (which we are all grateful for). He spends a lot of his time managing DesignHammer’s servers and assisting with the development and maintenance of sites.
Out of the office
Robert is not the sort of person who is swayed by what others think and just likes what he likes. For example, he may be the only person in Durham, NC who isn’t into craft beers. He loves to cycle, play the guitars, and build amplifiers.
Not completely letting go of his former rock star aspirations, Robert still plays the guitar regularly. These days builds hand-wired guitar amplifiers and is learning electronics.
He has obtained a MIG Welding Certificate and is considering taking courses for a oxy-acetylene welding certificate.