Rob has 19 years of experience in private equity, real estate, and public equity fund-raising, and has a large network of institutional investors and consultants in the US, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Prior to joining Pan American, Mr. Hays was Managing Director and co-head of Investor Relations at Levine Leichtman Capital Partners. Prior to that, he spent 6 years with H.I.G. Capital where he was instrumental in raising capital for both flagship and first-time funds – including lower middle market and middle market buyout in the US and Europe, real estate, distressed debt, and growth equity. Prior to H.I.G., Mr. Hays spent 12 years with Franklin Templeton Investments in a variety of strategic, management, and capital raising roles.
He holds an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia, a BBA degree in Computer Information Systems from James Madison University, and is a CFA charterholder.