Robert is an accomplished, challenge-driven Financial Executive with strong leadership qualities and diverse industry and public accounting experience in finance, accounting, and tax for startup and high growth companies and their investors. Recognized as a team leader, he is known for partnering with other business leaders to meet corporate goals. He has a proven ability to develop business plans, identify cost drivers and substantial areas of savings, and derive actionable intelligence for senior management and sales and operations teams. His achievements can be accredited to his hard work and strong analytical, problem solving, and organizational skills.
In the summer of 2003, Robert launched his professional career in Denver after earning his Master and Bachelor degrees in Accounting from the University of Denver - Daniels College of Business. In the fall of 2003, his skills were immediately put to test in the Financial Services practice of KPMG LLP, a big-four public accounting firm in the heart of downtown Denver. Robert earned his CPA licensed in the spring of 2005 after sitting for the last written CPA exam in public accounting history. For over seven years, Robert served many of Denver's finest real estate and financial service audit clients ranging from startups to mid-market companies, both public and private. Working at KPMG taught him valuable organizational skills, how to manage professional teams, technical accounting skills, and how to build true client relationships.
In the fall of 2010, Robert seized an opportunity to work hand in hand with the executives at Aurora Bank to value the bank's commercial and residential loan portfolios, build new accounting processes, implement new internal controls, and help the bank earn a clean audit opinion. Robert gained hands on experience learning advanced excel techniques, how to manage internal and external valuation experts, and the intricacies of formal project management at a highly regulated financial institution.
In the spring of 2012, Robert had an opportunity to become a Financial Controller for several startup oil and gas services companies based in Denver and owned by a foreign parent, Secure Energy Services Inc., a Calgary Alberta based high-growth company traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange. This afforded Robert the opportunity to work closely with Secure executives to replicate the recent business success they had in Western Canada in the US. After traveling extensively for the first six months, Robert began building a team of financial professionals and implementing new processes to help manage the organic and acquisition growth of the US companies. Robert partnered with the operations and sales teams within each company to offer leadership and direction in order to reach corporate financial goals. During his tenure, the US companies were successful at growing cash flow over 100% in each of the three years under his watch.
In the fall of 2015, Robert started laying the groundwork for Skar Financial LLC, a full service Centennial, CO based CPA firm focused on helping individuals and closely held businesses reach their financial goals. Skar Financial officially opened its doors in January 2016. Also in January, Robert joined forces with the South Metro Denver Chamber as an Ambassador to help connect new members and businesses with the resources they need to prosper!
is not busy helping his clients, he enjoys skiing, fishing, and spending
time with his wife, Michelle, and his two children.