Membership & Development Director
With an entrepreneurial spirit and business savvy, Robert Trent is a respected advocate for small and emerging businesses.
Early in his career, Robert was involved in creating a firm specializing in consumer-level wireless networking. The company that started in the garage was acquired by a major Silicon Valley company. With a Master’s degree in Educational Technologies from San Francisco State University, Robert’s corporate experience includes management and director positions in the high tech industry, including positions with Compaq, Intel, Oracle, and Bröderbund.
In 2001 Robert founded the award winning marketing communication firm, Velocity7 - with a portfolio of respected clients including: the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, Airstream, Inc., South Yuba River Citizens League, Amy's Kitchen, and Sierra Business Council.
In 2009, Robert founded and became Executive Director of Sierra Commons, a business incubator in Nevada City that provides a platform for small businesses to launch and grow. Robert believes that fostering mentoring relationships, creating training opportunities, and providing infrastructure are the core strengths of successful incubators, and has integrated
these into the Sierra Commons environment.
After four years at Sierra Commons, Robert became Executive Director of the Nevada County Economic Resource Council. As ED, Robert led the effort to make Nevada County a model for a resilient and vibrant rural economy.