Rob McElroy is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Alabama and a successful business leader across multiple industries. He is a much in-demand speaker at a wide variety of conferences across the country where he is known for the humorous, energetic and engaging style in his presentations, keynote addresses and speeches which never fail to connect with audiences.
Rob is a results-driven, energetic corporate leader with over 25 years progressive experience in operations / facility management of university campus facilities, executive management of award-winning public utility operations, public & private corporations and major capital project and construction management. He offers a verifiable record of bringing people together, building trust and achieving long-term success.
VP - CONSTRUCTION and ENERGY
Green Thumb Industries (GTI) - Chicago, IL
2017 - 2018
GTI is one of the largest vertically integrated cannabis companies in North America. As VP of Construction & Energy, I supported our business model by designing & constructing energy efficient facilities for cultivation operations, extraction laboratories and dispensaries in extremely heavily regulated markets. Responsibilities included space design, budgeting, schedule development, bidding, contractor selection and overall project management.
PARTNER - PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT LEAD
The BlueWater Group, Inc. - Seattle, WA
The BlueWater Group provides a diverse offering of financial support services including financial planning, asset management and rate setting advisement services as well as a broad range of business management and communications support and employee development training services. Responsibilities include business planning, management training, customer communications support and media training as well as general engineering support for strategic planning of utility infrastructure.
DEP. DIRECTOR - OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE
Prince William County Service Authority - Woodbridge, VA
2016 - 2017
The Service Authority is a 62.9 MGD water capacity / 43.8 MGD wastewater capacity utility serving 89,000+ customer accounts. The Operations Division manages 2,300 miles of piping system, 22 elevated water tanks, 15 water booster station, 59 sewer lift stations, 29,000 in-line valves and more than 11,000 hydrants.
VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS / MARKET DEVELOPMENT
Algae Systems, LLC - Daphne, Al.
2014 - 2016
Algae Systems is a $20MM high tech start-up company developing energy-positive, carbon-negative wastewater treatment systems and renewable fuels. As VP - Ops, I was responsible for all field construction and production operations at the Daphne, AL Plant. Recognized in numerous national and international publications for cutting edge technologies including feature stories in The Guardian (UK), The New York Times & The Huffington Post. Algae Systems was showcased on Belgian TV in the fall of 2015 as providing a key contribution to science saving the planet.
Daphne Utilities - Daphne, Al.
2005 - 2014
For 9+ years, I ran one of the greatest utilities company in the country! Daphne Utiliites serves the community with some of the best water, wastewater and natural gas services available anywhere. The tightknit staff works together to enable the company and, more importantly, our customers, to enjoy success every day. The secret to our success was (and is still) that we never settled for "good enough". Daphne Utilities was the recipient of numerous local, state and national awards including multiple EPA "Awards of Excellence" and recognition in both The Wall Street Journal and Inc. Magazine for our winning workplace strategies.
ASST. DIRECTOR of OPERATION / TRANSPORTATION MANAGER
University of South Alabama, Mobile, Al.
2000 - 2005
Successfully managed multiple projects in the development of the campus including the site development of the University's Technology Park, parking facility upgrades at a satelite campus hospital and renovations to the campus Dining Facility. Designed and launched the University's first transportation system including site construction of new roads, facilities and infrastructure and implementation of the zoned parking plan.
PLANT CONSTRUCTION MANAGER / PROJECT MANAGER
Degussa - Huls Corporation - Theodore, Al.
1990 - 2000
Successfully completed more than $500MM of major capital construction projects on-time and under-budget by bringing together large and diverse teams of engineers, designers and contractors focused on efficiently solving problems.
DESIGN ENGINEER / PROJECT MANAGER
BCM Engineers - Mobile, Al.
1988 - 1990
Designed and managed construction of multiple structures in support of clients in the chemical and pulp/paper industries. Designed tooling and testing equipment for the Advanced Solid Rocket Motor (ASRM) Project for the NASA Space Shuttle.
Awards / Recognition
"Environmental Stewardship Award of 2012" - Partners for Environmental Progress (PEP)
“Top Engineering Project of 2011” - Mobile Area Council of Engineers
"William D. Hatfield Award" - Water Environment Federation
"Gulf Guardian Award 2011" - U.S. EPA
"Consumer Confidence Report Excellence Award 2010" - U.S. EPA
"Award of Excellence (Water Quality) 2009" – U.S. EPA
“Top Small Company Workplaces” - Inc. Magazine / Winning Workplaces
"Engineering Manager of the Year for 2010" - Mobile Area Council of Engineers
"Top Small Workplace" - The Wall Street Journal / Winning Workplaces
Sustainable Business Practices
New Business Development
Alternative Energy Sources
2010 - present
2010 - present
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE - CIVIL ENGINEERING
University of South Alabama - Mobile, AL.
Professional Engineeer - State of Alabama