Robert (Rob) Gilmore is Executive Director of the Northern Rocky Mountain Economic Development District headquartered in Bozeman, Montana. The District is comprised of a 27-member board of directors representing the Gallatin and Park Counties and each of the incorporated cities. Rob leads the local business recruitment effort and is part of the leadership team that founded the Montana High Tech Alliance.
Previously, Rob was founder/CEO of two technology companies including Globe-1, Inc. The company provided e-commerce solutions to U.S. domestic and international markets. Before its sale to Onvia, Inc. in 2000, the Globe-1 system was one of the largest small-business trade matching systems in the US with linkages to all major US cities, more than 650,000 supplier companies and a dozen international markets.
Rob designed and operated a U.S. trade matching solution for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In this capacity he created and managed electronic trading blocks that joined U.S. suppliers with several European markets.
He is a recipient of the Ford Foundations award for Innovations in American Government, and the Council of State Government’s Award for Innovation. He has represented U.S. business interests in many international forums. As an invited speaker at World Bank Tech-Net conferences, Rob has introduced new strategies for trade development in emerging economies. Rob has extensive international experience and has consulted with senior trade officials in Asia, Europe, Africa, South America and the Caribbean.
Rob graduated with honors from Alaska Methodist University. When not working projects, he and his wife Sandie Romer-Gilmore enjoy travel and spending time in Montana and their home in Naples, Florida.