Rob Westbrook MBA ’09 is passionate about his career because he gets the opportunity to make an impact on his clients every day.

“I love client service. I love working on problem-solving activities to improve a client’s situation. I have the opportunity to constantly improve my own skills and learn through working with a lot of talented people,” Westbrook said.

Westbrook, recently named Principal of KPMG’s Richmond office, is energized by working with the firm’s diverse clientele on a day-to-day basis.

“It’s exciting to work with Fortune 500 companies and brands that you’re familiar with in your everyday life and to know what it’s like in those organizations and travel amongst them and advise them on ways to improve their business,” he said.

Westbrook does not have a typical day since most days are structured around visiting clients on-site. “[My schedule is] atypical, I am client-service oriented so I spend a lot of time travelling to client locations. I never know where I am going to be the next day. I try to plan it out, but things change constantly,” he said.

Westbrook, who received his bachelor’s in psychology from Hampden-Sydney College, decided early on that pursuing an MBA was one of his long-term goals, especially since he wanted to acquire a background in business that he lacked during his undergraduate experience.

“I thought about full-time MBA programs, but I’ve enjoyed my time at KPMG and I’ve experienced success here,” he said.

When weighing MBA program options, it was important to Westbrook that he could maintain his career while going back to school.

“I looked at The Richmond MBA program and knew I would be able to manage a full-time job and still go to school. I was attracted to the convenience of the program [being in Richmond] and the fact that the degree was well-recognized locally and, it was part of a growing program,” he explained.

The Richmond MBA program helped Westbrook diversify his background and advance within KPMG.

“[The Richmond MBA]helped me reinvent myself and work with other parts of our business consulting lines to understand more technical subject matter.”

Westbrook believes that The Richmond MBA was critical in his recent promotion: “[The Richmond MBA] helped me make principal at KPMG faster; I have a broader knowledge-base and can think more strategically about things.”

Having recently accomplished a professional milestone, Westbrook is now setting his sights on continuing to differentiate himself within his industry and within the community locally.

“I want to become a leader in my field, and a well-respected member of the Richmond community,” he said.

Westbrook is involved in the Hampden-Sydney Alumni Association, The Richmond MBA Alumni Society, the Richmond Association of Business Economists, and the Project Management Institute. He and his wife, Martha, celebrated the birth of their daughter, Margaret, in February of this year.