Our Team


Our Team

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Richard Lightbound, ROBO-STOX® Partners Ltd CEO

Richard Lightbound has worked for 20+ years in the financial and treasury services industry and is currently CEO of ROBO-STOX Partners Ltd. In addition to managing daily operations in Europe and Asia, he is responsible for executing our business strategy and serves on the Index Committee and Classification Committee.

During his career as a Commercial Banker, Richard served with Wells Fargo and Standard Chartered Bank in senior management positions with responsibility for Institutional and Corporate clients across Europe, MENA and Asia. Richard also served with TradeCard (now GT Nexus) where he launched and managed operations in 6 markets. TradeCard was funded by Warburg Pincus and today is the world’s largest cloud-based commerce network. Richard has lived and worked in Hong Kong, USA, Europe and Sri Lanka.

Travis Briggs, ROBO-STOX® LLC CEO

Travis Briggs, a 20+ year veteran of the finance and wealth management industry, is CEO ROBO-STOX LLC. In addition to managing the daily operations of the firm in the USA, he is responsible for executing its business strategy and serves on the Advisory Index Committee and Classification Committee.

Prior to joining ROBO-STOX in March 2014, Travis served as Managing Director and Director of Business Development at Smith Group Asset Management in Dallas, where he created and led the firm’s Private Client Group. Before joining Smith Group, Travis served as Chief Operating Officer and Director of Business Development at Dallas-based hedge-fund Discovery Management. Earlier in his career, Travis was the Director of Investor Relations and Assistant Treasurer at Triton Energy and worked as an analyst at Bank of America.

Rob Wilson, Co-Founder and Group Chief Strategy Officer

Rob Wilson, a 20+ year veteran of the wealth management industry, is CSO and Co-Founder of ROBO-STOX®. Attending a think-tank presentation on robotics, Rob realized robots were no longer the future, they are now! He has set about creating a way to invest in the long-term trend of robotics and automation technologies.

Along with co-founding ROBO-STOX®, Rob is a Private Client Portfolio Manager with Fusion Analytics Investment Partners. He also was previously with RBC Wealth Management where he served as First Vice President, Financial Consultant; UBS Wealth Management as Vice President, Investments; and with Dean Witter Reynolds where he was Associate Vice President, Investments.

Frank Tobe, Group Co-Founder

Frank Tobe is the owner and publisher of The Robot Report. After selling his business and retiring from 25+ years as consultant to the Democratic National Committee as well as major local and national campaigns and initiatives across the U.S. and abroad, he has energetically pursued a new career in researching, writing about and investing in robotics.

In 2009 he launched the Everything-Robotic blog to supplement The Robot Report with periodic in-depth personal insights. Frank is also a panel member for the Robotics by Invitation series sponsored by Robohub, a Swiss-based online platform that brings together leading communicators in robotics research, start-ups, business, and education from around the world.

Chris Lightbound, Group Co-Founder

Chris is currently the Investor Relations Manager for GaveKal Capital in Asia, an advisor to several investment strategies, where he oversees a global client and investor base. Prior to GaveKal Capital, Chris was the Head of Sales for GaveKal Research, a leading independent economic and financial markets research boutique whose clients include over 850 pension funds, endowments, foundations, investment banks, hedge funds, mutual funds, and ultra high-net-worth individuals. Chris has also managed sales within the Jebsen Group, a privately owned trading and distribution firm based in Hong Kong and prior to Jebsen Chris worked for the Gillette Company both in the US and Europe.

Clay Shepherd, ROBO-STOX® LLC Operations Manager

Clay Shepherd is the Operations Manager of ROBO-STOX®. Clay graduated with honors in business from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. Previous to his employment at ROBO-STOX®, Clay worked as an associate intern for Silicon Valley Bank and a financial analyst at Bamford Partners. Clay also co-founded Presidential Advantage Tutoring, which he sold in early 2013.