OUR TEAM

The Anchor Partners management team brings decades of experience in manufacturing and helping businesses grow to their full potential. Not only have they helped create and foster one of the nation’s premier metal fabricators in Anchor Fabrication, they continue to look for new opportunities to grow and expand.  Prioritizing culture and operation optimization, the Anchor Partner’s management team know how to invest and build manufacturers of all levels.

TRA WILLBANKS | Founder and CEO

Founder and CEO of Anchor Partners, Tra has overseen the integration of Anchor Fabrication, Abby Manufacturing, BOH Defense, and Quality Industries.  His emphasis on talent and cultural development has paved the way for his companies’ success and lays the foundation for future growth.  Family and faith are central pillars of his life that define his professional and personal approach – a successful fight with cancer only further focused those values.  A graduate of Abilene Christian University and a CPA, his background in accounting and finance has helped him navigate the nuances of private equity in manufacturing.  Tra, his wife Shelly and 7 kids worship at Gateway Church.  Tra serves on the Gateway Elder Board.

BRENDON GRAFT | CFO

Brendon is Chief Financial Officer of Anchor Partners, as well as serving concurrently the past six years as CFO & Partner of Anchor Investments.  Brendon is a seasoned financial leader with a strong M&A background and over 25 years of experience with both public and privately held companies.  He has a proven track record of optimizing the finance function within organizations, adeptly managing lender and partner relationships, while incorporating the foundations of his faith in Jesus Christ in his work.  Brendon holds a Masters of Business Administration from Texas A&M Commerce and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

GREG FRYE | COO

Gre Frye is the Chief Operating Office of Anchor Partners overseeing operations at all Anchor companies.  Greg is a tenured Manufacturing industry expert with more than 30 years of experience.  He has managed a diverse group of manufacturing companies ranging from aerospace, defense, automotive, and general fabrication with facilities worldwide (U.S., Mexico, England, India) with combined sales exceeding $300 million annually.  He has overseen the successful turnaround of several underperforming business units.  He approaches management with uncanny strategic foresight and vision for optimizing internal operations.  Before his involvement in manufacturing, Greg served six years in the United States Air Force.  Greg holds a BS in Management & Ethics from Manhattan Christian College and a MS in Christian Ministry and Leadership from Friends University in Wichita, KS.