About us

In 2010 Mr. Alpert formed AZ Digital Farm, LLC with Scott Hines and Mike Chadwick to underwrite technology start-ups and acquisitions. Their investments have been in the mobile commerce, mobile payment, online education, and digital signage sectors.


Managing Partner: Robert Alpert

Mr. Alpert has executed more than fifty industrial start-ups and has completed a variety of successful business acquisitions, including numerous special situations involving the acquisition of undervalued assets. Mr. Alpert has developed a unique expertise in project development, project finance, and consolidation. He founded Tubular Corporation of America, Interlock Technologies Corporation, acquired the assets of the Diamond Shamrock tubular steel processing division among other industrial transactions. His acquisitions included the tubular steel division assets of Babcock & Wilcox located in three states, including 6 million square feet of manufacturing facilities, the purchase of the entire aircraft spare parts inventory from the bankruptcy estate of Eastern Air Lines, Inc., oil service equipment, raw materials and manufacturing equipment. In 1997 Mr. Alpert acquired Land 'N' Sea and subsequently through internal growth and acquisitions became a national seller of marine parts and accessories before it was sold to Brunswick in 2004.He was an original founder of Republic Waste Services, Inc., which became Auto Nation and Republic Systems. He has been a principal and a founder of other diverse, publicly owned enterprises including: Aviation Sales Corporation (an aviation parts distributor and maintenance, repair and overhaul company), PalEx (which became IFCO Systems), Mainstreet Capital Partners. Mr. Alpert has made numerous investments in the steel, aluminum, oil services, manufacturing and fabricating industries, and technology in addition to sponsoring a series of consolidations in fragmented industries.

Specialties: Since 2005, as a result of his multi-industry background, he has elected to invest time and capital to mentor a handful of high growth companies either individually or in conjunction with other private equity investors.

Scott Hines

Mr. Hines has extensive Senior Management Executive / CEO / COO / President with repeated proven ability to grow businesses from start-up to market dominance. Exceptional public speaker, visionary and recognized industry leader with deep repertoire of industry best practices for immediate solution to problems. Outstanding ability to attract, inspire, and develop key talent. Verifiable year-after-year success achieving revenue, profit, and business growth within highly dynamic start-up, turn around, and take over environments. Highly successful at building relationships with upper-level decision makers, taking control of problem areas, and delivering on customer commitments.

Mike Chadwick

Mr. Chadwick has over 17 years of technology and business management experience, primarily focused on hyper growth and scalable enterprises. Mike co-founded CopiaMobile (Now nGage Labs, Inc.) and served as its COO for 3 years. Previously Mike was part of GoDaddy.com, where he served as their Vice President of Technology and was the CTO of the technology business unit. He was responsible for the development of GoDaddy's core Internet presence products and GoDaddy's IT operations.

Prior to GoDaddy, Mike led the development of NCS Pearson's Internet initiatives, with a focus on web-based administrations and eLearning for school districts throughout the nation. In addition, he has written factory automation software for Motorola.

Mike holds a B.S. in Computer Science, with minors in Math and Psychology from the University of Arizona. He has ten issued patents and over twenty patents pending.