Bob Roeper

Founder & Managing Director

Bob started as a US Marine and later turned his attention to expanding influence around the world through business.  While working for Colgate and Kendall, he managed brands in the US, Canada and Mexico and then managed numerous international operations.  He negotiated to build factories in China, built alliances in Singapore, and led businesses with P&L responsibility.  After co-founding a software startup, he became an investor and has been investing in PE for over 15 years and managing fund operations.  Bob is an outstanding market strategist, and the portfolio companies seek his insights on market positioning and go-to-market strategies. He is a member of WAVE’s Investment Committee.

Prior to founding WAVE, Bob was a Managing Director at VIMAC Ventures which he joined in 1995. In addition to his investment activities, he also managed the firm’s operations. Earlier, he was a senior officer and director of Occam Research, a venture-funded developer of desktop data analysis software from 1989 to 1994. From 1975 to 1989, he held various senior positions in marketing and management with Colgate-Palmolive. During this period, he also helped found and manage numerous startup and global operations both in the United States and Asia. Bob holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Muhlenberg College, Master of Business Administration from Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth—and a degree in life from the United States Marine Corps.

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