Michele and I met while both students at the Colorado College in 1978 and were married in 1983. We lived in Denver until 1991 when we got the chance to move to Fort Collins as part of a bank acquisition. We moved to Loveland in 1996 to start a De Vovo bank branch, with our two children, Tim (now age 24) and Erin (now 22). Michele has been a part-time middle and high school teacher for the past 15 years and I retired from a long career in banking (United Bank, Norwest, Wells Fargo, First Community Bank and Great Western Bank) a couple of years ago. In my “reinvention” I devote my time to helping kids (Boys & Girls Club, UWLC Smart Start for Kids, etc.) reach their full potential. I also teach at University of Northern Colorado Monfort School of Business through their Executive Professorship Program.
What are you passionate about?
Michele and I have a passion for literacy and learning. We both believe education is the best way to escape poverty. Additionally, that financial literacy is a critical skill that affects everyone, even more so in our increasingly complex world. Life-long learning is a trait of successful people and equips us to deal with the challenges facing society.
What are your hobbies?
We both enjoy all things outdoors (hiking, skiing, cycling, birding, golf, gardening) as well as traveling, cooking and sampling craft beers and fine wine!
What do you love most about Larimer County?
There are so many things to love about where we live, which is why people keep coming here! Specifically, we appreciate the natural beauty, art, music and diversity of people in Northern Colorado. Thought and true caring for those less fortunate with leadership to put ideals into action make this a wonderful place to live.
How long have you been a United Way donor?
We grew up with United Way being the smartest way to “invest” in the social needs of a community. My father was a banker and got me involved when I was still in college, so that makes it 35 years!
Why do you choose to support your community through United Way?
A central issue in business and pretty much all aspects of relationships is trust. We trust United Way to identify needs, develop solutions, collaborate and be a wise steward of our donor dollars. A great example of this is the Smart Start for Kids initiative that is changing lives for kids in our country.
We encourage people to think about a legacy gift to United Way of Larimer County. It's easy to do and you can feel good that this gift will endure for future generations; as it has been said, “nothing truly worthwhile is accomplished in one lifetime.”
Thanks to Rob and Micheleand thousands of donors like them, we are creating opportunities for a better life for all people in Larimer County.