Robert F. Bunting – CEO and Chairman
Mr. Bunting is a scientist, serial entrepreneur and educator, moving easily between private enterprise, government and academic spheres, making him a true “bridge” person and uniquely qualified to lead the CAC. He is the CEO of Waterstone Strategies, a consulting firm that assists its early stage high technology clients to “plan and execute” their business and funding strategies. Waterstone has helped its clients in securing over $300,000,000 in new capital. Clients included Pathogen Systems, Raytheon, DigitalGlobe, Intermap Technologies and many others. Waterstone uses its extensive background in business management, intellectual property development, product commercialization, international marketing and sales and organizational development to strategically help companies plan for corporate growth.
Mr. Bunting served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Pathogen Systems Inc. (dba Crystal Diagnostics) from 2005 until 2011. The mid-stage company is commercializing liquid crystal technology in the field of rapid microbe detection. Bob helped create this company in 2005 and during his service raised about $11M in financing.
At DigitalGlobe, Mr. Bunting recruited a new CEO, and led the Waterstone Strategies team in redefining the company through a new commercially oriented business plan. He played a key role in the company “restart” by helping secure a more than $200M investment from Morgan Stanley. The company was listed on the NYSE under the ticker DGI in 2008. DigitalGlobe’s high-resolution satellite imagery is an important part of Google Earth and Google Maps.
Earlier he joined the Canadian aerospace company MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA), Ltd., where he created a new U.S. subsidiary, booking more than $85M of new contracts between 1992 and 1997. He arranged successful relationships between MDA and a number of leading U.S. aerospace companies, setting the groundwork for ultimately leading to MDA’s acquisition of DigitalGlobe and Space Systems Loral before integrating its U.S. and Canadian operations, creating Maxar Technologies.
Prior to joining MDA, Bunting was Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Foundation, which oversees the commercialization of all intellectual property generated by the world-renowned National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. He was also a Vice President at UCAR, founder of the Corporate Affiliates Program and a member of the UCAR management committee.
Earlier he was a Lead Forecaster for the NOAA National Weather Service and Scientist at NCAR and participated in global weather and climate programs.
Recently he taught Entrepreneurship as a faculty member at the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business, where Bob was able to share his experience and knowledge in an effort to help young entrepreneurs succeed. At St. Louis University, Meramec College, Washington University, Indiana Purdue University at Indianapolis and Metro State College (Denver), Mr. Bunting taught college level courses in atmospheric science. He also appeared frequently on radio and television as a meteorologist including at KMOX in St. Louis, the NBC Today Show and Channel 2 in Denver.
Bunting served on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Music Festival for 22 years. He is presently on the Advisory Board of the University of Colorado College of Music. He also served on the Advisory Board for the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business and is the CAC Chairman of the Board.
Mr. Bunting holds BS and MS degrees in Atmospheric Science from St. Louis University. Please refer to his LinkedIn page for a more in depth view of his background.