Rick Banister, CEO and Founder

Rick Banister has developed application systems for 40 years in his roles as a product architect, software developer, systems integrator,  database analyst, and C-level executive. His extensive experience in application development includes Java and Oracle programming, database design, implementation and tuning. He is a leading expert in Database ETL, CRM implementation, Quality Assurance, and Product Improvement processes, and the inventor of the ExtraView issue tracking product.

Rick formed Sesame Software in 1988 as a professional services organization. Over the course of the following fifteen years, he authored a wide array of data warehouse and application integrations for major Silicon Valley clients including Lifescan, Cisco, Covad Communications, and Business Objects. He developed the Relational Junction product suite in 2004 to meet the market demand for Enterprise Application Integration and Data Warehouse users. Rick is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. He holds a Master’s degree from San Diego State University. He has been awarded three patents for data integration technology used in the Relational Junction products.

Howard Vogel, Chief Revenue Officer

Howard Vogel joined Sesame Software in 2017 to expand Sesame Software and the Relational Junction product suite through alliances with software vendors and system integrators whose customers benefit from integration, data warehouse, and data compliance, and who appreciate the ease and reliability of implementation.  

William Dubberley, Chief Technical Officer

William Dubberley joined Sesame Software in 2008 as a product developer. He now manages our entire Product Development team, Quality Assurance, Customer Support, and Sales Engineering. William has developed and supported ETL and Relational Junction for Salesforce products, and is a co-inventor of five patents filed for technology used in our products. William served 2 tours in Iraq while in the Army where he developed database systems for the army as well as producing intelligence reports.

Crystal Duarte, Chief Marketing Officer

Crystal Duarte joined Sesame Software in 2012. She is responsible for all aspects of marketing, including management of outbound communications, social media, PR/Media Outreach, industry webinars, trade show planning and on-site execution, website content and branding. Crystal produces monthly PR releases combined with outbound email campaigns and website content, partnering with staff in subject matter selection, writing and editing of content. She works with a number of writers on an eBook that details trends and styles of integration.

Robert Luke, VP of Business Development

Robert has over 25 years experience selling technology into most of the Fortune 500 companies in North America. He has taken teams to top in the country and winning the Presidential sales award 4 years in a row. He also has helped with company growth of over 25% in the first year. Robert has been a guest speaker on relationship sales for major companies like CA, and IBM. He graduated from the University of North Texas with a BCIS degree.

Scott O'Dell, Customer Support Manager

Scott joined Sesame Software’s Customer Support team in 2012, and currently manages our U.S.-based team of support analysts in providing on-boarding, upgrade, and problem resolution services. He works directly with our software development team to improve or correct issues that are reported by customers.

Thomas Hawkes, Director of Client Services

Tom Hawkes manages Sesame Software’s Client Services team, which includes building custom integrations for, NetSuite and QuickBooks. Tom has 40 years of experience in ETL technology, data analysis, data modeling, relational database design, process analysis, and application design. Mr. Hawkes is an expert data modeler who has developed and taught data modeling methodologies dating back to the 1980’s at Bank of America. He has successfully led Data Warehouse efforts for Bank of America, Fireman’s Fund, American Airlines, Teradata, Apple Computer, Quantum, Blue Shield, and Sony Pictures.