Robert Larkins is the husband of Lisa Catherine Alexander, the founder and chief executive officer of LAFACE Skincare, a vegan skincare line based in San Francisco Bay Area, California, United States. He used to work in Raymond James, a financial firm is based in San Francisco, California.
At around 4 p.m. on June 9, 2020, Alexander and Larkins confronted James “Jaime” Juanillo, a Filipino-American man writing the words “Black Lives Matter” on a retaining wall outside a house in Pacific Heights, San Francisco. He joined his wife and even recorded the encounter with his cellphone.
Larkins and Alexander accused Juanillo of vandalizing a private property. She asked the Filipino-American man if it was his property and the latter answered them with questions.
“Are you defacing private property or is this your building?” Larkins asked Juanillo. “You’re free to express your opinions but not on people’s property.”
Alexander told Juanillo that they knew the owner of the house. He did not tell the couple that he is one of the co-owners of the property who has been living there since 2002.
“I suggest you call them or call the police because you’re accusing me of a crime,” Juanillo told Alexander. The couple did call the cops and when they arrived, they recognized the owner of the house, did not even step out of their patrol car and left.
The Filipino-American homeowner took a video of the encounter, uploaded it on social media and it quickly went viral. On June 14, 2020, Larkins issued an apology.
Larkins’ wife has also apologized. Here are 13 more facts about him:
- He was born on January 25, 1963 in Marin County, California to William Larkins, a former Marine and businessman, and Barbara Joan Zaro, an elementary school teacher.
- He has two brothers namely William Larkins Jr. and Paul Larkins and one sister named Joan Larkins Robertson. Their father, who was born on August 11, 1925 in San Francisco, died on October 7, 2016 in San Rafael, California.
- In 1984, he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Stanford University in Stanford, California. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa fraternity.
- From 1988 to 2003, he worked as a managing director at Morgan Stanley & Co., a multinational investment bank and financial services company headquartered in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA.
- From 2003 to 2008, he worked at Lehman Brothers, global financial services firm headquartered in New York.
- He worked as a managing director in San Francisco for Wedbush Securities of Los Angeles, California. He helped lead an expansion of the firm’s municipal business. In 2010, he served as lead banker on two significant financings for the Regents of the University of California.
- After working for Wedbush Securities, he was hired by Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc. as a managing director and head of its new public finance office in San Francisco. He told Business Wire that he joined the wealth management and capital market firm headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, USA because of its “fantastic distribution capabilities and corporate culture that values hard work, professional candor, client service and doing first class business in a first class way.”
- He has extensive experience with enterprise fund credits and tax allocation bonds.
- He spent his entire 33-year career in California. Over his career, he has participated in 55 pension obligation bonds totaling a par amount of more than $15.5 billion.
- On August 2, 2019, he and Alexander attended the cocktail reception and dinner for the sponsors of the 50th anniversary of the League to Save Lake Tahoe Fashion Show in Incline Village, Lake Tahoe, Washoe County, Nevada, USA. Also present during the event were Jeffrey Alan Marks, Krista Giovara and Joshua Morgan.
- He joined Raymond James in 2012. He served as a managing director and the western region manager for the firm’s public finance practice, let its national tobacco securitization effort and co-led its national Pension/OPEB funding team.
- On June 15, 2020, Raymond James fired him.
- Through a public records request, the audio of the call was obtained by the San Francisco Examiner on July 9, 2020. In the call, he referred to Juanillo as Hispanic and told the operator, “We were out on a walk and we just asked him ‘Is this your property?’ and he refuses to answer because it’s obviously not. He starts filming us and our only point was ‘Is this your property?’ because if it’s not, it’s not okay to deface private property.’”