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Customer Testimonials

I have known Rob for the past 20 plus years as both a mentor and role model in the Chamber of Commerce  profession.  He has assisted with a variety of projects through Chamber of Commerce Executives of Missouri; educating chamber professionals from around the state and beyond.  His work is second to none, as a professional nonprofit leader in board development, organizational structure and strategic planning.  I highly recommend Rob and his team for any planning needs an organization may have.

Tamara Long,

IOM Director, Missouri Chamber Federation

Rob is the consummate economic development professional; very thorough, customer- focus driven and results oriented.  I have known Rob for over two decades  and his knowledge of the economic development process and organizational structure is what has made him a leader in Missouri for many years.  His leadership in state organizations has shown him to be very progressive and visionary.  He is a caring individual and wants to make a difference with every task he works on.  In short, Rob is a valued professional and true friend. 

CEcD, Community Business Manager,
KCP&L and Westar, Energy Companies

 ​Mark Dawson,

It takes a catalyst to transform an idea into a success.  Rob O'Brian is the catalyst that helped launched several strong workforce and disaster recovery initiatives in the Joplin region.  Rob's ability to quickly deploy resources and motivate stakeholders is essential to achieve the mission.

Rob brings an extensive knowledge base to the fields of economic and workforce development as a trusted adviser to business and community leaders alike.   As a valued partner to our regional workforce initiatives, I can solidly recommend Rob for any group seeking to maximize its potential.


Jasen Jones,

Regional Manager, ACT Work Ready Communities

I have been in the Economic Development profession for over ten years and I owe a lot of what I have experienced and learned to Rob O’Brian. He has been not only a mentor of mine since we first met back in 2008 but also a close friend and colleague.

Throughout my time of knowing Rob he has been instrumental in changing the way Economic Development is thought of, not only in Southwest Missouri but across the State as well. He was the leader in establishing the Joplin Regional Partnership;  a regional economic development group that encompasses Southwest Missouri, Southeast Kansas, and Northeastern Oklahoma. During this process he met and spoke with hundreds of City Councils, County Commissioners, and Business Leaders teaching each of them the importance of Regional Economic Development and the power of working together.

If you are considering Rob as a consultant, know that you will not find anyone else with the experience, knowledge, and greater will to succeed. To this day I still call Rob to get his experience and opinion on many matters and I am glad that I have such a great mentor to lean on. He is an amazing Economic Developer, Leader and just all around caring person and one I am sure would do an outstanding job for your community or business.

Robert Harrington,

Economic Development Director, City of Houston, Missouri

 I have had the opportunity to work first-hand with Rob for over 5 years and he always offers first-class service.   We worked on several projects during that time and he always gives 110%.  Rob is a top notch consultant and economic development professional.  I would recommend him to anyone at any time.


Adam Gawarecki,

Vice President. Denton (TX Economic Development Partnership  

Rob O’Brian has mentored me in Economic Development for the past several years.  He provided direct project assistance in assembling land and developing a proposal; teaching me the process.  The  great amount of expertise and experience he holds is of such value; I am grateful for his willingness to share ideas and help others succeed. His professionalism and industry knowledge are very valuable to any client that may utilize his services.

Astra Ferris,

CEO, Barton County (MO) Chamber of Commerce