Rob Weinhold

Keynote Speaker


Rob Weinhold
Chief Executive and Crisis Leadership Expert
Fallston Group


The NTOA is pleased to announce Rob Weinhold of Fallston Group, as the Keynote Speaker for our 23rd annual Crisis Negotiations Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Nov. 13-16, 2023.

After decades of private and public sector leadership service, Rob Weinhold continued his career mission of helping organizations during life’s most critical times by launching Fallston Group in 2009.

Throughout his distinguished career, 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. During his time at Ripken Baseball, Rob oversaw all aspects of Cal’s 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 worldwide amateur sports destination in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Rob has been routinely praised for his entrepreneurial spirit, creative approach, customer experience focus and results-driven mindset.

During his public service career, Rob most notably served in a sworn capacity for the Baltimore Police Department and was promoted through the ranks 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 strategist and spokesperson for the entities he represented; he has conducted thousands of media interviews and is thought of as an expert crisis leadership and communications strategist. He has been an on-air guest for CNN, FOX, MSNBC, and many other international, national and regionally affiliated media outlets.

Rob earned his graduate degree (MSM) from Johns Hopkins University and undergraduate degree from the University of Baltimore, both marketing disciplined. He is nationally published and has trained, lectured, and keynoted in many professional and academic settings. His book, The Art of Crisis Leadership (2016), quickly rose to Amazon’s #1 release in both the Public Relations and Crisis Management categories while cracking the “Top 100” in the prestigious Leadership category.

Rob supports many nonprofits and serves on the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School’s Dean’s Advisory Council.