Tra Willbanks – CEO, Anchor Investments
Serving as CEO of Anchor Investments since 2013 and Anchor Fabrication since 2006, Tra managed the acquisition of five manufacturing portfolio companies through his tenure. At Anchor Fabrication, he oversaw 10-plus years of profitability including the volatile 2009-10 economic recession. His emphasis on talent and cultural development has paved the way for his companies’ success and lays the foundation for future growth. Intimately familiar with manufacturing and family-owned businesses, his own family has been in the steel industry for more than 70 years. Tra worked with his father for 10 years before embarking on an acquisition strategy, growing his understanding of what makes steel fabricators and family-owned businesses tick. Family and faith are central pillars of his life that define his professional and personal approach — a successful fight with cancer only further focused those values. A graduate of Abilene Christian University and a CPA, his background in accounting and finance has helped him navigate the nuances of private equity in manufacturing. Tra is a proud member of Gateway Church in Southlake, TX.