After more than two decades of private and public-sector leadership service, Rob continued his passion for helping leaders and organizations by launching Fallston Group in 2009. Fallston Group is a Baltimore-based executive advisory firm designed to help organizations build, strengthen and defend their reputations. Rob’s instinct, influence, experience and creativity lead many to refer to him as their CRO – Chief Reputation Officer. He is a crisis leadership expert.
Throughout his distinguished career, Rob has worked on the core executive leadership team at all three levels of government and privately on Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr.’s core executive team in Baltimore, Maryland. During his time at Ripken Baseball, Rob led all aspects of Cal’s amateur sports business, including sales, marketing, business development, operations, sponsorships, brand/customer experience, and design/build efforts. He led the vision for growth and developed the organization’s first out-of-market, world-wide amateur sports destination in Myrtle Beach, SC.
During his public service career, Rob most notably served in a sworn capacity for the Baltimore Police Department and was ultimately promoted through the ranks to Public Affairs Director. He also served as Chief of Staff for the United States Department of Justice and senior executive within Maryland’s Governor’s Office. Rob has conducted thousands of media interviews and is thought of as an expert strategist. Rob has been an on-air expert for CNN, FOX, MSNBC and many other international, national and locally affiliated media outlets.
Rob maintains extensive experience in the areas of executive leadership, strategy, communications, entrepreneurship and business. He has been routinely recognized for his unique ability to lead by creating vision and building consensus across diverse stakeholder bases, even during the most sensitive of times. Rob was honored to have been named a 2017 “Most Admired CEO” by The Daily Record. He was selected to serve on the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School’s Dean’s Advisory Council where he aims to strengthen the school’s key resources and partnerships by supporting, advancing, and advocating for Carey’s pursuit of innovation in business.
A nationally published author, Rob’s book, The Art of Crisis Leadership, was released in 2016. The book quickly rose to Amazon’s #1 release in both the Public Relations and Crisis Management categories while cracking the “Top 100“ in the prestigious Leadership category. Rob is a nationally traveled keynote speaker on crisis leadership and has trained and lectured in many diverse professional and academic settings. To learn more about Rob’s keynote speaking initiatives, click here.
Rob earned his graduate degree from The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and undergraduate degree from the University of Baltimore, both marketing disciplined. He is a member of a variety of professional, business and entrepreneurial-based organizations and is active is supporting nonprofits. Rob is married with three children and travels from the USA.