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Rob is Partner-in-Charge of the Tax Services practice at Brown Smith Wallace, as well as the Real Estate Industry Group Leader and Cannabis & Hemp Industry Group Leader. As the Partner-in-Charge of Tax, Rob is responsible for overall client service and technical oversight of the tax practice, as well as training staff on best practices and new tax developments.

Rob has more than 25 years of experience as a tax professional, with extensive expertise in the retail, real estate and cannabis industries. Rob’s areas of expertise include tax strategy, tax controversy, accounting for income taxes, tax accounting methods, inventory, partnerships, real estate, 1031 exchange programs and fixed asset matters. At Brown Smith Wallace, Rob leads the Cost Segregation practice, the Real Estate Industry Group and the Cannabis & Hemp Industry Group. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Moore North America Tax Community Group and is the former Chair of the Moore Stephens North America Real Estate Industry Group.

Prior to joining Brown Smith Wallace, Rob led the St. Louis tax practice for CBIZ MHM, LLC, where he served Partnerships, C corps, S corps, NPOs and individuals from many industries, including real estate, wholesale, retail, restaurants, manufacturing, health care and professional services.

Before joining CBIZ, Rob was Director of Taxes for Sonic Corp., the franchisor and operator of the largest chain of drive-in restaurants in the country. As head of the tax department for Sonic, Rob was responsible for establishing the company’s overall tax policies and overseeing all aspects of the company’s tax function.

Earlier in his career, Rob spent 12 years in the tax department of The May Department Stores Company, ultimately becoming the Director of Tax Projects, where he was responsible for developing, evaluating and implementing tax planning strategies and negotiating their resolution when audited.

A licensed CPA, Rob earned a BSBA degree in Accounting from the University of Missouri – St. Louis where he is currently a member of the Accounting Advisory Board. He is a board member and Treasurer of Massas Creek Companion Animals, a no-kill animal shelter located in Warren County, Missouri, and a board member of the Snow Foundation, a collective voice working toward a cure for Wolfram syndrome and novel therapies for Wolfram related symptoms.  Rob is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants.

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Board Member and Treasurer--Massas Creek Companion Animals

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University of Missouri – St. Louis

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