1994- The first veneer solid surface material, Estate®, sold today in Home Depot and Lowes stores under various brands. We successfully developed this product line from scratch, accomplished nationwide distribution, and sold it to a private investment group in 2001.
2006- Created the first flexible stone veneer, in-part jointly developed with the Dow Building Solutions® team. We successfully innovated and sold this business to a Dow-affiliated private investment group in 2008 where work continues to this day.
2009- The first independent wall panel fixing system, and the first new such system for over forty years, Gecko Wall Systems.
The Gecko Team
Sunshore Development Partners operates out of offices in Bloomfield Hills and a manufacturing and distribution center in Northville, Michigan. Formed by Robert Bordener with Dick Cantley joining shortly thereafter, SDPI is currently the top innovator and growth leader in wall panel fixing systems for phenolic and composite panels.
Gecko Wall Systems is available in all 50 States and all Provinces of Canada with currently over 100 top salespersons representing our products. Our focus, innovation, and dedication have allowed us to partner with the very best sales and distribution partners in the industry. See our contact page for a complete listing.
With four wall systems and a ceiling system, Gecko represents the most innovative line of wall panel systems available anywhere, for any price. Gecko represents the most innovative, most affordable and most-specified independent wall panel fixing system available.
Professional History of Robert Bordener
2009 Founded Sunshore Development Partners
Company created to research and develop new architectural hardware opportunities
Collaborated with panel manufacturers to develop ideal systems
Project funded by panel manufacturers and Sunshore
Performed all product engineering, managed testing, communication with manufacturers
Launched systems with full suite of engineering data and product documents
Multiple patents pending
Industry first “no z-clip” design on Gecko DL and Gecko PRO
First panel system with forgiving movement allowance, greatly alleviating installation issues
Developed A-grade distribution partners
2006 Founded BEL, Inc.
Created revolutionary new surfacing technology using flakes of actual stone in a polymer veneer
Developed source materials for new technology
Developed and wrote patents for first new pigmenting technology in over 20 years
Created company and brought in resources in Midland, MI
Worked jointly with Dow Building solutions group beginning in 2006 to further technology
Negotiated business sale to Dow-affiliated private investment group
Authored numerous patents on stone veneer technology
2001 Co - Founded Mar-Que General Contractors North LLC
Managed regional general contracting company branch office
Responsible for and directly managed all facets of operations
Ran the most profitable division in corporate group (by margin and dollars)
Trained and supervised all other Regional Managers after first year of operations
Lead contact on large account opportunities for other offices
1994 Founded Korstone LLC
Created company to develop and manufacture the world’s first veneer solid surface products
Designed product, developed new advanced mold designs, and new manufacturing processes
Reduced mold cycle time from industry standard 2 hours to less than 10 minutes
Grew company to over 40 employees with national distribution with The Home Depot and Lowes
Sold business to private investment company
Wrote and was awarded 10 patents on solid surface veneer, mold design, and manufacturing
Gecko Wall Systems We have three innovative wall panel fixing systems; Gecko DL, Gecko PRO, Gecko Z, and Gecko UltraWall. These systems can be used together to greatly simplify interior panel installation, reduce time, cost and install without the need for specialized labor. Gecko takes the hassle out of interior panels.
GWS is the most-specified independent wall lining system in the US and Canada.
Gecko DL for the most intuitive (“Velcro-type”) installation with no prior experience required. Panels are cut to size, sanded smooth and set in place.
Gecko PRO is a new type of progressive system with variable reveal width, is able to absorb 1/16” + of movement per panel. PRO features the fastest installation of any progressive system.
Gecko Z is an innovative new Z-Clip-type system with greatly simplified installation to reduce cost, reduce installation time, and to help allow creative panel patterns.