Experience

Leadership With A 
Proven Record of Success

In 2019, Bob was re-elected to his second term as a Selectman for the Town of Ridgefield and Fire Commissioner.  He most recently initiated and Co-Chaired the “Reopen Ridgefield” Task Force designed to help businesses safely return to activity. 

 

Prior to his successful 2015 election to Ridgefield’s Board of Selectmen, Bob served as Chairman of the Ridgefield Housing Authority. 

 

With extensive experience in finance, banking, and commercial real estate, he is currently the Managing Partner/Owner of Hebert Partners. Founded in 2006, Hebert Partners is a commercial real estate investment and advisory firm which invests in commercial real estate for its own portfolio and its investment partners.

 

Bob is also the Founder of The Bank of New Canaan, where he created the vision for and developed the business model.  Under Bob’s leadership, his team obtained all regulatory approvals, designed innovative bank products and services, implemented leading-edge operating systems, and opened the new bank in 2001. 

 

Before starting The Bank of New Canaan, Bob held various senior officer positions, including Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of New Canaan Bank & Trust, and President and CEO of a Division of The Bank of Mystic.  Bob was also Vice President and head of National Sales for Merrill Lynch and Kidder-Peabody, where he had responsibility for institutional sales and new product development.

 

He is a former Director of Junior Achievement and has served on the Boards of several other nonprofit organizations.  Bob is an active member of St. Mary's Church, where he served on the Parish Advisory Council and co-founded the Life-Teen Youth Group.  He was also Treasurer for both local and congressional candidates and a former Chairman of the Ridgefield Republican Town Committee.

 

Bob attended Wayne State University and taught real estate finance courses through the University of Michigan.  He also served in the U.S. Army 1st Air Cavalry and received two Bronze Stars during his 13-month deployment to Vietnam.

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