Robert was born in California, but lived most of his early years moving across Europe as a US Navy dependent. His father retired to Chesapeake in 1976 and Robert attended Great Bridge High School, graduating in 1979. He enlisted in the US Air Force as a Military Policeman serving 2 years in Washington DC and 2 years at the United States Disciplinary barracks on Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.
In 1983 Robert returned to Chesapeake and was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff with the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office. He worked in the correctional center, served civil papers, and as a General District Court bailiff. In 1985 Robert transferred to the Chesapeake Police Department and was assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division. He was later selected as a Field training Officer where he was assigned to train new recruits in patrol procedures and special skills. Robert taught several courses at the Police Academy; Emergency vehicle operations, Constitutional Law, State Law, and handling the emotionally disturbed. He also worked five years as a Traffic Radar Enforcement Officer and a Motorcycle Patrol Officer.
In 1989, along with his Father Bob, he started Sentry Security Systems, installing residential and business security systems, access control and surveillance cameras. This was primarily as a means to supplement his family income. However, Sentry grew quickly and required more and more of his time, so in 1996, he was forced to decide between the two. With young children at home, he opted to leave the Police Department and build Sentry. He resides in the Great Bridge section of Chesapeake, a widower after being married to Brenda Ike, the love of his life for 20 years, and has four sons and five grandchildren.