Community Profiles: Robert Collins

Cold Spring Harbor – 39 miles east of NYC – is a hamlet of around 3.7 square miles with a population of ~5,000 residents, and it was also the home of Isaac Ketchum, a criminal who saved George Washington. In 1776 – Thomas Hickey – a private in the unit assigned to protect George Washington during the American Revolutionary War, was arrested for passing counterfeit money.  He was placed in the cell with Ketchum and during their time together, Hickey shared his plans with Ketchum to betray George Washington and join the British army. Ketchum passed along the intel and Hickey became the first person executed for “mutiny, sedition, and treachery.”



Cold Spring Harbor is also the hometown of Robert Collins, a man that’s crossing borders and making things happen. Currently splitting his time between Chicago and China, Rob is the CEO of Crossbordr, an international insurance broker developing US-China insurtech solutions for clients. His latest project was an insurtech travel program for Chinese tourists, and to make sure he’s always available, he subscribed to a monthly VPN service to bypass the Great Firewall of China.

You’d think that spending so much time in China would make Rob prefer other cuisines, but you’d be wrong. From a young age he was introduced to authentic Chinese food at his favorite place in NYC – Chinatown.



So no, his favorite dish is not Chicago’s famous deep-dish pizza, it’s Mapo Doufu (麻婆豆腐) – one of the most popular, classic and spicy Sichuan dishes, which goes really well with Qingdao beer. I gave it a try for the first time minus the beer and my experience can be summed up with a quote from Rob’s favorite movie – “life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”