NSU alum Rob Robertson rises in industry, continues to give back


NATCHITOCHES – Rob Robertson, a 2000 graduate of Northwestern State University’s School of Business, has been appointed senior vice president, divisional territory executive for mortgage with PNC Bank, a position he began Sept. 30.

Robertson joined the PNC Bank team as a territory senior executive covering North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Texas.  He has more than 20 years of financial services experience, most recently as executive director, senior lending manager overseeing the mid-Atlantic expansion market for JPMorgan Chase.  Before that, he held senior leadership roles at Wells Fargo and GMFS.

Robertson has extensive leadership experience as a culture-centric builder, change agent and P&L leader.  Robertson “is passionate about building and coaching a successful team, as well as building the foundation and culture of caring.  His leadership skills and ability to develop a winning culture has played a key role in his success serving in many different geographies during his leadership journey, moving from Georgia to Florida and from Florida to Virginia,” according to Pete Boomer, mortgage distribution executive.

Robertson and his wife Nneka have two children, Bryson O’Connor and Boston Olivia.  Robertson believes that “to whom much is given, much is required” and is honored to give back and provide mentorship. In the past, he has supported his children’s schools, served as a volunteer coach and motivational speaker and is an ordained deacon. He was a featured speaker at NSU’s annual J. Walter Porter Forum hosted by the School of Business, which encourages ethical standards in business practice.

Robertson, along with two other former NFL athletes, is founder of a 501©(3) called Quest-Act, an organization designed to provide life skills for youth beyond the game for “athletes on a quest to answer the call to living a purpose-driven life in building and shaping the community.”

Robertson played with the NSU Demon football team and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens to play full back for two seasons in 1998-2000 and was roommates with former NFL Offensive MVP Priest Holmes. When his three years with the NFL were over, he completed his degree in business at NSU.  He holds certifications in business analytics from Cornell University, executive leadership development from the Center for Creative Leadership, strategic communication management professional certification from The Complete Approach and transformational leadership certification from Wells Fargo.

Robertson has earned several honors over the years.  He was inducted into NSU’s School of Business Hall of Distinction and also named an all-century Top 100 permanent football team captain.  He has been nominated for the N Club Hall of Fame and is active in the NFL Players Alumni and the Ravens Legends. He is also involved with a diversity and inclusion mentorship program.

“I will always be a part of the fabric at NSU,” Robertson said. “NSU gave me a chance to have an education, and I am humbly grateful for that.”