Sesame Software's Leadership Team

Rick Banister Profile

Rick Banister

CEO, CTO and Founder

About Rick

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 Integration, Data Warehouse, Data Backup & Recovery, CRM implementation, Quality Assurance, and Product Improvement processes, and the inventor of one of the first web-based issue tracking products.

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 products that can be learned in hours instead of weeks and fully automate the warehouse creation. Rick is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. He holds a Master’s degree from San Diego State University. He has been awarded six patents for data integration technology used in the Relational Junction products.

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Robert Luke

Chief Revenue Officer

About Robert

Robert Luke joined Sesame Software in 2018 and manages our direct and partner sales team. 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 won the Presidential sales award 4 years in a row. 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.

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Crystal Duarte

Chief Marketing Officer

About Crystal

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 also manages the redesign of the Relational Junction user experience.

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Alvaro Mengual

Chief Financial Officer

About Alvaro

Alvaro Mengual joined Sesame Software in 2019. He is responsible for the company’s financial functions including, but not limited to accounting, financial audit, corporate finance and budgeting. He also leads human resources activities. Before joining Sesame Software, Alvaro served as Controller for Americare Health and Retirment, Inc. In that role, he implemented a variety of systems and process initiatives to improve profitability. Alvaro earned Bachelors of Science in Economics, Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Cordoba.

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Tom Hawkes

Director of Professional Services

About Tom

Tom Hawkes manages Sesame Software’s Product Development, Client Services, Customer Support, and Quality Assurance teams. Tom has 40 years of experience in Data Integration and Data Warehouse technology, data analysis, data modeling, relational database design, process analysis, and application design. Tom 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.

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William Dubberley

Director of Pre-Sales Engineering

About William

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.

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Scott O’Dell

Director of Customer Support

About Scott

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.


Nathan Lugert

Director of Research and Development

About Nathan

Nathan Lugert has been with Sesame Software for over ten years as our lead developer, and was promoted to Director of Research and Development in 2020. He rewrote and modernized our ETL user interface in 2012, and rewrote our single-purpose data replication product to work with a vast array of data sources using plug-in technology. Nathan manages the development team and is our lead developer. Nathan has been in similar roles at JBoss, RedHat, and Simflofy.

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