Robert “Bobby” Hobbs
Managing Partner & Co-Founder
Bobby has been instrumental in establishing the firm as a market leader. As early pioneers in Executive Search within the Alternative Energy / Energy Technology and Sustainability sectors, Bobby’s passion toward the recruiting process and focus on the day-to-day execution has contributed to the success that he and co-founder, Andy Towne, have experienced. Further, Bobby initiated and established a unique offering of taking an equity interest in client companies to establish alignment with investors within the space.
Since 1997, Bobby has helped grow Hobbs & Towne’s 35-plus employee base through his leadership and the implementation of a comprehensive training process on successful execution of executive search. He has become a recognized expert in the field, and has established himself, and the firm, as a value-added resource to investors and portfolio companies in the areas of human capital, market intelligence, business development, strategic alliances and capital raising. He has successfully completed Board-level, CEO and other C-level searches, as well as VP-level assignments with VC & PE-backed companies across multiple technology sectors including Automotive/Mobility, Artificial Intelligence, Smart Buildings & Cities, IIoT, and Sustainable Agriculture / Food.
Bobby has completed more than 100 C-level search assignments, including CEO placements at Hayes Mechanical, Hifi Engineering, Power Survey, Lighting Science Group, Cuna Del Mar, Evok Innovations and McKim & Creed. Other notable senior level placements at companies such as Proterra, Blackmore Lidar, Smart Chillers Inc., Stem, Phononic Devices, Gentherm, Poseidon Water, and Albireo. He has worked closely with some of the world’s top venture capital investors and placed executives who have been instrumental in leading the growth and successful liquidity for many investors.
Bobby earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Denison University, and is a member of the Board of Directors for Hobbs & Towne, Inc. and Merionford, LLC. He is married with two children, and enjoys traveling with his family, playing squash, and working at building the Hobbs & Towne, Inc. brand thru tireless dedication to execution and delivery.