Cooper Hewitt says...

Born Manitowoc, Wisconsin (no date).
BFA, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.
1980s Advertising and store display, Dayton Hudson group, Minneapolis.
1987 Relocated to New York.
1987-1990 Executive Art Director under John Jay, Bloomingdale's. created the in-house design department. Designed promotions, advertising campaigns, marketing programs and packaging.
1990 In London, redefined Conran's/Habitat brand identity. Created in-house design department.
1991 Founded his own company, Robert Valentine Incorporated, renamed The Valentine Group in 1995. Clients have included Martha Stewart, Pottery Barn, United Healthcare, and
Sundance, among others.

Source: Personal communications from Robert Valentine and Kristen Bowman, Assistant.