- Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Meet Banky, AABC Chair
Introducing Bankole – also known as “Banky” – chair of the African American Business Council (AABC) at AMETEK. Having held various Corporate Development roles across aerospace & defense, specialty chemicals, and telecommunication companies, Banky works in AMETEK’s Corporate Development Group. Committed to developing change and growth, he’s bringing that same sense of mission to widening diversity and ensuring opportunity for all at AMETEK.
You have an accomplished background in global manufacturing.
I began as mechanical engineer for an automotive company, helping it grow organically through the design of new DVD entertainment systems for Ford and GM before they were a standard commodity in cars. About four years later, I switched careers to specialize in finance because I felt it expanded my career options.
Professionally, a common theme in my career has been a focus on growth. I’m motivated by having the opportunity to improve the value of a company’s portfolio by adding to our capabilities.
What attracted you to join AMETEK?
I was attracted to AMETEK because of the breadth of products it offers, the focus on acquisitions as a growth driver and its operational discipline – all of which are a testament to the range of talent in the corporation. What continues to keep me engaged are the people I work with, and the opportunity to contribute to AMETEK’s continued success.
“I have been most inspired by a Nigerian musician and activist named Fela Kuti. Not only do I love his music, but I am drawn to the fact that he was an independent thinker, advocated for the disenfranchised and the masses and was fearless.”
Who are your inspirations?
I was born in Nigeria and have been most inspired by a Nigerian musician and activist named Fela Kuti. Not only do I love his music, which was influenced by James Brown, but I am drawn to the fact that he was an independent thinker, advocated for the disenfranchised and the masses and was fearless. I liked him so much I named my first-born son after him. While I know my son’s courage and distinct point of view will serve him well in the future, it is giving me a run for my money as a parent. Fun fact: there was also an award-winning Broadway show about Fela’s life a few years ago.
What do you wish to accomplish with your leadership role with the AABC?
As part of the AMETEK Inclusion Council, the AABC supports and supplements AMETEK’s culture and goals by addressing needs that may have specific interest to African American employees and benefit all AMETEK employees. The focus of my tenure is employee development, exposure, and education: areas I am very passionate about.
- Tackling food insecurity in Connecticut
- Enabling arts education for all
- AMETEK Gatan provides the camera technology leading the way in developing effective virus treatments
- A next-generation aircraft engine heat exchanger will cut 1,000,000 tons of carbon emissions over a decade
- Ensuring accessibility to STEM education in India