Meet Our Team
Robert founded Aravaipa in 2008 with 20 years of global experience acquiring, founding, building, merging and selling companies. Robert’s previous fund managing experience was at Robannic n.v., a Private Equity Fund, from 1988 to 2002. As co-Founder and CEO of Robannic’s ROMACO Group, for 12 years, Robert lead the growth of this roll-up in the pharmaceutical packaging and processing machinery sector from its inception to $200 million in sales and successful exit.
In Aravaipa, Robert has built a micro-fund with a sharp focus on Colorado-based Impact Technology companies that all aim to improve the way we use our precious and limited resources. Just as important is Robert’s obsession with creating alignment with Aravaipa’s investors – the fund has true governance with an investment committee of LPs voting on all investment and has no management fee. Robert is an advocate of building pragmatic local companies that have technologies with a global environmental impact.
He has a BA in Economics from HEC Lausanne (Switzerland) and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Robert received the Governor of Colorado 2012 Award for Excellence in Cleantech Leadership.
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Bankston has 38 years of experience in the fenestration industry. Most recently Del worked as regional manager of Sales and Business Development for Sage Electrochromics and was responsible for the development and management of sales in the western region of the United States.
Previously, beginning in 1976, Del worked as a glazier for 8 years. Subsequently, he was the founder, owner and operator of AGA and AGC for 10 years, with annual volumes of $7M. He was responsible for fund raising, growth, management and finally a successful sale.
Del then took on sales and management assignments for Harmon Contacting, Hartung Glass, Pacific Aluminum, Starline Windows, Toro Windows, and Serious Materials. He has worked in many strategic cities: Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; San Francisco, CA; Denver, CO; Minneapolis, MN and New York, NY. Del is a seasoned professional and proven asset.
Director of Finance
Derek has 27 years in accounting, finance and treasury experience. His early career focused on large publicly traded international manufacturing and homebuilding companies including; Johns Manville, Richmond American Homes and DR Horton.
In recent roles Derek has cultivated high potential/high growth privately held companies looking to monetize their investment through acquisition.
Derek has a BA in Economics and Environmental Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder as well as an MBA in Finance from the University of Colorado, Boulder - Leeds Business School. Derek is an active member of COCPA and FENG.
Derek has been married to his college sweetheart for 30 years and they have two boys. He enjoys hiking, biking and volunteer work.
Director of Operations
Mr. Hojnowski, hired in December 2017 as Director of Operations has nearly 30 years of experience directing technical endeavors in both corporate and entrepreneurial organizations. Mr. Hojnowski worked most recently as the Director of Strategic Emerging Technology and Innovation within JELD-WEN Research & Development.
Prior to Mr. Hojnowski's JELD-WEN career he was leading technical endeavors at Bekaert Specialty Films (St. Gobain Performance Films) since 1996 and Film Technologies Inc (Madico) since 1991.
Steve's areas of specialization include first-hand knowledge in a broad range of adhesive formulating, polymeric optical & solar control coatings, magnetron sputter metallization and processing of flexible webs, insulated glass materials and process, thin film lamination and overall fenestration materials, glass and design.
Mr. Hojnowski attended the University of Michigan earning a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. Subsequently, completed two years of graduate studies at the University of Florida in an accelerated PhD program towards Biochemistry in Human Nutrition.
Mr. Hojnowski brings experience, knowledge, professional affiliations and a long list of notable achievements to RavenWindow.
Wilder Iglesias, Ph.D
Director of Research & Development
Dr. Iglesias joined RavenWindow early on 2013. He is responsible for the technology within our smart window product and any future innovations. In this role, he is in charge of product development, maintaining and expanding the intellectual property portfolio of the company, as well as performance modelling and energy consumption simulations. In his prior experience, Dr. Iglesias worked for LC Vision characterizing novel liquid crystal (LC) components and developing software for LC characterization equipment. He is also a member of the Technical Advisory Board for the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at the University of Colorado (CU).
Dr. Iglesias obtained his doctoral degree in Chemical Physics from the Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State University, the birthplace of the LCD industry. He is author and co-author of a number of articles in peer-reviewed scientific magazines, patents and textbooks in the liquid crystal field.
Lance Kling, LEED AP-BD+C
National Sales Manager
Lance Kling has 28 years of experience in building materials sales and distribution, and has been in the dynamic glass industry for the last six years. Lance joined RavenWindow as a regional sales manager in 2015 after three years in business development with SageGlass, electrochromic glazing. He is a versatile project manager effectively overseeing simultaneous new construction and property upgrade fenestration projects from planning stages through implementation and final analysis.
Lance received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from San Diego State University and has been a U.S. Green Building Council LEED AP-BD+C since 2009. He is a highly dedicated green initiative advocate actively working with environmental councils, national trade associations and volunteer organizations on a variety of energy efficiency and conservation programs.
Lance lives in Los Angeles and enjoys spending time at the beach, hiking, and listening to live music.