Bob Bardusch joined Fortium Partners with a diverse executive experience across technology, operations, and engineering. During nearly twenty-five years in financial services, fintech, and banking, he capitalized on his business acumen to drive operational excellence and promote innovation. He developed strategy to shift IT infrastructure to cloud-based platforms and introduced advanced data-management and simulation tools. He also directed significant business intelligence, portfolio reporting, and data warehouse initiatives that contributed to profitable growth. His training as an engineer sets the foundation for critical thinking about process improvement and enterprise transformation. Notably, he led IT integration for several high-profile M&A transactions and developed new digital products and services for consumer and commercial clients. Bob has a deep knowledge of risk management, compliance, and marketing technology.
As a CIO, Bob leveraged his comprehensive knowledge of financial services to set a strategic vision for IT and guide digital transformation initiatives. His experience also includes successful M&A integration, new product development, and launch of a corporate venture capital entity to invest in early-stage fintech and proptech ventures. As a COO, Bob fostered innovation and worked to achieve an optimal balance between quality, cost, and control. He championed significant improvements in efficiency and customer service which led to profitable growth. He brings a distinctive lens to problem solving as both an engineer and MBA.
As a Board Member, Bob has served on the boards of fintech startup Ciphertext Solutions, NJ Bankers Business Services, TechUnited-NJ, and the Road to Silicon V/Alley program at Rutgers Business School. His commitment to the startup ecosystem includes funding a competition endowment to support the Bardusch Family IdeaMakers Challenge held during Penn State Startup Week.
Bob graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering. He continued his education at the University of Pittsburgh where he earned a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science, Management of Information Systems. In service to Penn State, he serves as Chair of the Board of Advisors for the College of Information Sciences and Technology. He was recognized as CIO of the Year by the New Jersey Tech Council. Growing up around power boats, he is now an avid sailor exploring the Gulf and Atlantic Coast.