Rob Gardner is the vice president of finance and operations at Barebones Living, an outdoor retailer focused on long-term sustainable solutions. Before joining Barebones Living in 2015, he was vice president of finance and accounting at Goal Zero, a renewable energy company for outdoor lifestyles. Prior to that, he served as CFO for Roberts Arts and Crafts as well as manager at Sorenson Capital, a private equity firm. While residing in Colorado, Gardner was employed as a senior associate with CBIZ/Mayer Hoffman McCann, a national public accounting and consulting firm.
Gardner was a managing partner of Cougar Capital, a student-run venture capital and private equity fund which is run by second-year M.B.A. students at the Marriott School at Brigham Young University. The students conducted due diligence on potential investments and co-invested with the industry partners. Rob is also a founder and former board member of Autism Journeys, a nonprofit company that specializes in treatment and therapy for children with autism and other developmental disorders. He also has served since 2012 as a member of the Utah Valley University Foundation's investment committee.
Gardner received a Master of Business Administration from Brigham Young University with an emphasis in finance, strategy and entrepreneurship. He also holds a Master of Accountancy and a B.S. in Accounting from Brigham Young University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.