Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West has appointed Todd Bankofier as its new CEO and executive director, effective May 12.
Bankofier has been a resident of Scottsdale for 35 years and will be at the forefront of Western Spirit’s next phase of growth and development, a press release stated.
Western Spirit board’s search committee conducted a national search for the position that spanned over six months. Bankofier stood out among the applicants due to his extensive experience in Arizona-based business leadership roles as well as his work in local community service, according to the release.
Bankofier brings decades of knowledge in formulating, defining and executing short- and long-term business strategies and has a proven success record in transforming companies and organizations, pivoting on new tactics and building healthy cultures while consistently exceeding overall expectations.
“Countless talented people have dedicated so much of their time and treasure to bring about this museum and make it what it is today,” Bankofier said in the release. “I am committed to working with the outstanding team at Western Spirit to continue advancing the museum’s mission and vision, ultimately guiding our award-winning institution to even greater heights.”
Bankofier’s background includes working as a legislative aide to Senator Paul Laxalt, serving as chief of staff to Jim Bruner of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, CEO of the Arizona Technology Council and various executive positions at the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, XO Communications, and Ensynch. He was the CEO of publicly traded digital-accessibility company Audioeye, the founder and CEO of Fairmont Capital Group, and the co-founder and CEO of seed-stage SaaS start-up CyberPassport.
Bankofier holds a Bachelor of Science in business management from Arizona State University.
David Sherf, interim CEO of Western Spirit expressed his enthusiasm for hiring Bankofier.
“We are so pleased to welcome Todd to our team as the new CEO and executive director,” Sherf said in the release. “Given his proven track record of success in both business and the nonprofit sector, we are confident in his ability to help shape a bold new vision for Western Spirit. With his broad knowledge of cutting-edge technologies, we look forward to seeing Todd leverage the latest innovations to help us engage and inspire audiences worldwide.”
Western Spirit features regularly changing and permanent exhibits of Western and Native American art and artifacts, entertaining events and informative programs that bring the West’s heritage, culture and community to life.
For information go to Scottsdalemuseumwest.org.