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.
CEO / Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing
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.
Vice President, Operations
Todd has served in the high tech industry for over 30 years in large enterprises such as Texas Instruments, Hughes Aircraft Company, Micron Technology as well as startup ventures. He has extensive experience executing strategic programs in new product development, manufacturing and operations, demonstrating an outstanding ability to effectively identify opportunities, formulate strategies and provide tactical business solutions.
Recently, from 2014 to 2016, Todd served as the Director of Operations – Manufacturing at RealD, leading the consolidation of manufacturing operations at RealD resulting in significant savings and a five month ROI while simultaneously implementing a LEAN manufacturing environment. The implementation of process control, quality data metrics and reporting, reduced operating costs by over $400K annually.
Prior to Todd’s role at RealD he served as Director of New Product Development and Director of Operations with a startup company developing microdisplay technologies. In this role, he led the development of key technologies contributing to the market adoption of five products, selling nine million units over three-year period generating over $50 million in revenue annually. The company was later sold to Micron Technology where he served as Director of Manufacturing in the newly adopted display business unit.
Todd has been consistently successful in improving business processes, and saving costs through decisive leadership and innovation and has been adept at building relationships at every level, across functional groups and with parties outside company. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and has gained extensive training in LEAN manufacturing and applications of statistical analysis and controls in manufacturing.
Vice President, Finance
Shelly has 20 years of accounting and finance experience mainly focused in the manufacturing industry for several global companies including Owens Corning, Coors Brewing Company, and SMA Solar Technology.
Most recently Shelly was the Director of Accounting for the North American subsidiary of SMA Solar Technology AG. Here she established the accounting infrastructure to support revenue growth of $100m to $500m. Shelly also obtained significant savings by consolidating to one shared service center and implementing a new banking platform for North America.
Shelly has a BA in Accounting from the University of Iowa and is an active CPA. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, skiing, backpacking, and the theater.