Robert L. (Bob) Ayers acts as a Senior Advisor to the CAI team. He is available to assist us as may be required.
Bob’s career spans a wide range of general management positions in the international and domestic markets. Most recently, he was a Senior Vice President of ITT and President of the Fluid Technology Group, which approached revenue of US$3 billion and 11.000 employees throughout 132 countries. Prior to ITT, Bob was President of Sulzer Industrial North America and President and CEO of Sulzer Bingham Pumps, Inc. While at Sulzer Bingham he led a successful turnaround of the company as it gained industry recognition for operational efficiency and product innovation.
Earlier in his career Bob was President and CEO of Lanzagorta International as well as President of the Baylor Company, a National Supply acquisition. This experience involved a large cyclical swing in the oil and gas market and the resultant measures to maintain a viable business.
Bob learned early on to appreciate other cultures and means of addressing issues from varying perspectives while serving as Latin American Product Manager for Armco, Inc. During this time he lived in both Venezuela and Mexico, while traveling extensively throughout South America.
Bob is currently a Director of Watts Water Technologies, Inc., Knape and Vogt, and Ramsey Industries. He was also a Director of T-3 Energy Services, Inc., until its successful sale in 2011.
Bob was awarded a Six Sigma Green Belt from the University of Michigan for his study on Working Capital reductions. He has been a member of the National Offshore Industry Association and the American Petroleum Institute. He has served on the board of the Texas Association of Business, The Valve Manufacturing Association, and the Hydraulic Institute where he was President in 1997 and Chairman in 1998.
Mr. Ayers has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute. There, he was a Distinguished Military Student and Captain of the basketball team. He was a Lieutenant in the Army after graduation, earning two Bronze stars during his service in Vietnam. He then earned an MBA from Old Dominion University, graduating first in his class.