Bob is a co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of Cross Keys Capital. He has been in the finance industry for 48 years and Forbes Magazine has named Bob one of Florida’s “Leading Businessmen” and “perhaps the most experienced Investment Banker in the state.” Bob worked for 10 years in the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C. for Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Previously, he worked for Senator Robert F. Kennedy. In addition, he worked for many years as Investment Banker to Margaret Thatcher in London. Bob has been a Director of the Enterprise Development Corp. of South Florida and from 1992 to 1996, Mr. Barrett was Senior Financial Consultant for Merrill Lynch in Florida. Prior to that, Mr. Barrett was a Member of the Board of Directors of Prudential Securities Inc. in New York City, London, Madrid, and Paris, Co-Head of the Investment Banking Department, Member of the Underwriting Commitment Committee, Head of the International Utilities Group, Head of the Information Technologies Group, Head of the Privatization Team, Head of the Eastern European Team and Head of the New York/Connecticut Group. Previously, he was an Associate in the Corporate Finance Department of Morgan Stanley, and then Sr. Vice President at E.F. Hutton & Company. He is a past member of the Bar of the States of New York and Maine, and was previously a Member of the Board of Boston Capital Ventures, a Boston venture capital fund associated with The Prudential Insurance Company of America. Bob has been Senior Investment Banker in numerous international transactions, including transactions for AT&T, General Motors, General Electric, Compagnie General D’Electricite, British Telecom, British Gas, British Airways, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and British Water, and has acted as Senior Financial Advisor for 17 governments, including the Treasury of the United States of America, the State of Israel, the United Kingdom and France, among others.
Bob Barrett graduated from Georgetown College, Phi Beta Kappa, Cum Laude, and Phi Alpha Theta (History Honors), Columbia Law School, Chief Justice Kent Court in 1969, and Harvard Business School, Honors in Finance and Accounting.
Bob is a Lecturer and Chancellor’s Council Member of the Institute of World Politics, America’s Intelligence Think Tank Graduate School, in Washington, D.C. Mr. Barrett also has been Chairman and Founder of the Columbia Law School Association of Palm Beach, past President and present Director of the Georgetown University Club of Palm Beach, and Founder and Past Director of the Bar Harbor, Maine Historic Preservation Trust. In addition, Mr. Barrett is a Trustee of the Barrett Scholarship Fund at the University of Maine, past Director of the Senator George Mitchell Educational Institute, and is past Director of Alnabak Enterprises Inc., the investment company of the Penobscot Indian Nation, and past member of the Business Review Board of the Technology Institute of the State of Maine, and the Maine Center for Innovation in Biotechnology, and has been a Trustee of Husson University, Bangor, Maine and is a past Member of the Honor’s Program Development Committee of the University of Maine. He is a Member of the Mayflower Society.
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