Rob Fridge joined Drury in 2008 as Controller and Director of Financial Services. In 2010, he assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer. Rob lived most of his life in Texas, earning a BBA in Accounting from Abilene Christian University. After school, he passed the CPA exam and began a career with Peat, Marwick & Mitchell (now KPMG) as an auditor. This led to many years of progressing financial responsibility with Austin Industries of Dallas, TX (among the top 50 largest general contractors in the US). In 1996, Rob broke from accounting to own and operated a chain of children's retail stores in Dallas/Ft Worth for seven years. In 2003, Rob sold the business and moved to Missouri to help aging parents, working as CFO/COO in the boating industry before joining Drury. Rob serves on several local Boards, a Springfield city taskforce and is active in his local school district and church.