Founder and Managing Director
Robert Horton is the founder and Managing Director of First Class Valet Pty Ltd.
Robert is an effective, versatile leader with over 20 years experience in leadership, corporate and institutional banking, project management and relationship management at the Executive level.
The knowledge and values that Robert applies today was acquired during his formative years with Merrill Lynch, ANZ Bank, the U.S. Army and his time at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Robert is a confident self-assured leader, who knows how to manage teams and has the discipline and organizational skills to manage and grow large organizations.
After graduating from West Point, Robert moved to Frankfurt, Germany to fulfill his obligation to the United States Army as a Commissioned Officer. His professional career started in an international setting, igniting a passion for Global business and cultural awareness.
While obtaining his Masters in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University – Cox School of Business, Robert was recruited by Merrill Lynch to join their Houston office. After graduating from Business School, Robert joined Merrill Lynch through a Global leadership program in the capacity of a Client Manager Associate, analyzing clients’ financial needs and driving deal activity. Robert transferred to the Sydney office to join Merrill’s Corporate and Institutional arm for a few years learning the Australian market in a similar capacity. After a few years, Robert went on to manage one of the largest portfolio’s for Australian New Zealand Bank, managing the Big 4 accounting firms globally across 16 jurisdictions. It was here where Robert was able to showcase his ability to influence, grow and drive organizational strategy on a global platform across leading organizations.
As an athlete and lifelong competitor, Robert sees business as the world’s greatest game. His attention to detail and competitive tenacity has allowed him to grow First Class Valet at an aggressive pace, creating a clear distinction between the First Class Valet offering and that of the competition. First Class Valet is much more than a valet parking company, but a facilitator of strategic growth and heightened experiences.
Robert holds a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point.