Bob is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Missouri. Bob graduated from the University of Missouri - Columbia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. After working for the University of Missouri and another local CPA firm, Bob founded Gerding, Korte & Chitwood, CPA's with Fred Korte and Joe Chitwood in 1981. Bob has attended numerous accounting and tax seminars to help further his experience and education. Additionally, Bob is active in many civic, business and community organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Central Bank of Boone County, Central Trust and Investments and Columbia Insurance Group serving as Board chair. He also is the Chair of the board for the Community Foundation of Central Missouri. He was Chair of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce in 2006-2007.