Robert (Rob) is currently the Vice-President of Civil Engineering and Land Surveying firm Booth, Ern, Straughan & Hiott, Inc. (BESH), with offices in Tavares and Sumterville, Florida. Rob specializes in providing engineering services to municipal clients, and particularly enjoys the design of water and wastewater treatment facilities, including reclaimed water facilities and stormwater to reclaimed water facilities. He also has experience in the planning and design of urban parks, including the City of Tavares Wooton Park Marina and Multimodal Project, which serves seaplane pilots, boaters, railroad enthusiasts, and cyclists, and is the centerpiece of the City’s ongoing redevelopment efforts.
Rob is an avid mountain biker, and has been cycling on the Cross Florida Greenway since 1994. His enjoyment of nature and trail riding led him to begin volunteering with the Ocala Mountain Bike Association in 1998, before joining the OMBA Board of Directors and becoming Vice-President in 2005, a position he still holds. He has volunteered over one thousand hours on behalf of OMBA, and has assisted in the club’s expansion to over 200 members, responsible for nearly 90 miles of singletrack trails. Rob has worked closely with the Office of Greenways and Trails since he began volunteering. He is responsible for the design and construction of several miles of singletrack trails, including the technical Ern 'n Burn Trail, named for him by the OMBA Board to commemorate his volunteerism. Rob’s love of cycling led him and a group of friends to purchase Brick City Bicycles, located in downtown Ocala, Florida, in 2011.
Rob graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, becoming licensed as a Professional Engineer in the State of Florida in 1998. His professional affiliations include the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Water Environment Federation and the American Water Works Association.