He also established a business called The Retail People Company at the same time and these businesses became WA’s leading retail recruiters with premises in the CBD and employing a staff of 8.
In 2009, after 15 years of operation, Rob sold The Retail People Company to focus on The Retail Resources Company and a new furniture retail brand that he was establishing as a director.
As Rob is in effect the Retail Resources Company it is prudent that you have an understanding of his background.
After finishing Year 12 he did a Diploma in Farm Management at the WAIT ( now Curtin University ) before entering the retail sector as a graduate trainee manager-buyer with Myer. He spent 8 years with Myer which at that time was still owned by the Myer family and worked his way through the ranks of both buying and retail management. His training at Myer was exceptional and he was very fortunate to be given the opportunities afforded to him.
He then worked with other retailers and in the wholesale industry for a number of years before becoming a personnel manager with a large agribusiness company. This was his first foray into recruitment and training and was part of the inspiration to later in his career start his companies.
He was lured back into retail for a further 10 years initially as an owner-operator and then for 7 years with a large bulky goods retailer where he held senior management roles in Perth, Adelaide and then Melbourne. He resigned from this company to return to Perth to start up The Retail Resources Company and The Retail People Company. During the past 10 years, in addition to running The Retail Resources Company, he set-up a 3-store furniture retail business, drew-up the franchise agreement and disclosure documents, and franchised out 2 of the stores. He has also managed the Kojonup Co-operative Ltd as the CEO on a contract basis.