Robert, who is known as Steve, was raised in the Midwest, and has lived
and served in the Pacific Northwest since 1974.
Steve began his Coast Guard career as an enlisted man; became a commissioned officer and achieved the rank and position of Captain. He commanded two ships and patrolled the waters of Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. Of particular note, he spent 4 years with the Cutter RESOLUTE, homeported in Astoria, where he became familiar with the waterfront, the Port of Astoria, and the local maritime community.
"I never forgot what it was like starting out at the lowest rank on a ship," he said, and he is proud of his blue collar background. After retiring from the Coast Guard service of 34 years, he began volunteering in the community and was appointed a Port Commissioner. "It was time to give back to the maritime community which gave me my start." Steve and his wife Teresa live in their home in Warrenton which they bought in 1991, retiring in the community where he commanded his first ship. They are happy to call the Astoria area and the Lower Columbia River Estuary their home.
Steve brings quiet calm competence to the Port; a consensus builder who also knows how to stick to his principles. He believes the port should be self-sustaining. “I think the first step is to find the private and public partnerships which can facilitate our financial standing and rebuild our neglected infrastructure."
Steve has a master's degree from the United States Naval War College. He is a volunteer Oregon Marine Board boating safety instructor. He is also President of the Lower Columbia River Chapter of the Military Officers of America.