About The Authors
Prior to launching the Fallston Group (fallstongroup.wpengine.com) in 2009, Rob worked on the core executive leadership team at all three levels of government and privately on Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr.’s core executive team in Baltimore, Maryland. During his time at Ripken Baseball, Rob oversaw all aspects of Cal’s core amateur sports business, including sales, marketing, business development, sponsorships, brand experience, operations and design/build efforts. He led the vision to develop the organization’s first out-of-state amateur sports presence in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
During his public service career, Rob most notably served in a sworn capacity for the Baltimore Police Department and was ultimately promoted to Public Affairs Director. He also served as Chief of Staff for the United States Department of Justice and senior executive within Maryland’s Governor’s Office. While in these roles, Rob also served as chief spokesperson for the entities he represented; he has conducted thousands of media interviews and is thought of as an expert communications strategist. Rob has been an on-air contributor for CNN, FOX, MSNBC and many other national and locally affiliated media outlets. He is referred to as a crisis leadership expert.
Rob earned his graduate degree (MSM) from The Johns Hopkins University and undergraduate degree from the University of Baltimore. Rob is nationally published and has trained and lectured in a variety of professional and academic settings.
Kevin Cowherd is the author, along with Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., of the New York Times best-seller “Hothead” and five other baseball novels for young readers. Their sixth book, “The Closer,” was published by Disney-Hyperion in March. Cowherd’s last two non-fiction books for Apprentice House Press were “The Opening Act: Comedy, Life and the Desperate Pursuit of Happiness,” a look at the career of Baltimore comic Larry Noto, and “Hale Storm: The Incredible Saga of Baltimore’s Ed Hale, Including a Secret Life with the CIA.”
Cowherd was an award-winning sports and features columnist for The Baltimore Sun for 32 years and has also written for Men’s Health, Parenting and Baseball Digest magazines. A collection of his newspaper columns, “Last Call at the 7-Eleven” can still be found in fine remainder bins everywhere. He lives in northern Baltimore County with his wife, Nancy.