Co-founder and Managing Director, Encore Consumer Capital
National Leadership Council
Robert is co-founder and Managing Director of Encore Consumer Capital. San Francisco-based Encore is a private equity investment firm that invests in consumer products companies, primarily in the food & beverage, beauty, household products, and pet products industries. Prior to beginning his private equity career, Robert was a general manager of a food products company and a management consultant with Swander Pace & Company, where he advised Fortune 500 companies on matters of growth strategy and acquisitions. Robert received both bachelors and masters degrees in Industrial Engineering/Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University where he served as a two-time captain of the Varsity Sailing Team.
Robert’s passion for coaching and youth sports began when he coached youngsters in sailboat racing at the national and international level through college. He remains a competitive sailboat racer, passionate baseball fan, and devoted follower of Stanford athletics. Today Robert and his wife Kirstin Hoefer, a solar industry executive, live in Marin County, California where enjoy cheering (positively!) for their three children in their various sports endeavors.