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.
Wilder Iglesias, Ph.D
Chief Scientist, Head of Research & Product Engineering
Dr. Iglesias joined RavenWindow early on 2013. He serves now as the Chief Scientist for the company where 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 (IP) 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.