thinkIN2it graduate testimonial: Hank Torbert – CEO Avondale Ventures / ENCORE
thinkIN2it graduate Hank Torbert’s testimonial regarding his participation in the LeaderBridge ENCORE program and specifically what he thought of the “thinkIN2it” learning portion.
Mr. Hank L. Torbert is the Managing Partner and Founder of Avondale Ventures, LLC. He founded the firm in 2006. Mr. Torbert is responsible for investment selection and analysis, transaction structuring, and portfolio management and monitoring. He has extensive experience in private equity, advisory, and investment banking as well as in financing, developing, and operating small and middle market businesses in the media and telecommunications, technology, and transportation sectors.
From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Torbert served as an Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Broadcast Capital. He was responsible for the company’s investment strategy, portfolio management, and operations. Mr. Hank Torbert also expanded Broadcap’s focus from investing in broadcasting to also include digital and converged media, outdoor advertising, content and programming, and other sub-sectors.
From 1999 to 2004, he was an Investment Banker at JPMorgan Chase. Mr. Torbert served as a Vice President of the Financial Sponsor Group in middle market banking at JPMorgan Chase Bank and also covered media and telecommunications clients in the Equity Capital Markets Group. There, he was a Member of a four-person team that covered the bank’s top tier middle market private equity clients.
Mr. Hank Torbert was responsible for sourcing and financing private equity investment opportunities for financial sponsors investing in the middle market, with a special industry focus on media, healthcare, telecommunications, and consumer products transactions. Additionally, he completed over $100 billion in transactions in the media and telecommunications and technology sectors as a Senior Associate in the Equity Capital Markets Group at JPMorgan Securities. Mr. Torbert also has held positions at AIG Capital Partners, where he focused on analyzing global private equity investments and on raising capital for its Global Emerging Markets Fund and New Africa Advisers.
He played an integral role in developing and launching its private equity and open-end fund products. As a founding investor and Board Member, Mr. Torbert played an integral role in the launch, development, and IPO of Mood Media. In addition, he has played a vital role in the formation and growth of several other middle market-sized companies including HorrorNet and MixcastTV. Mr. Hank Torbert also served as a Strategic Advisor at Seven Echo.
He serves as a Director at Midas Medici Group Holdings, Inc. since February 28, 2011. In addition, Mr. Torbert is currently on the Board of Directors of dLs Group and Consonus Technologies, Inc. He also has an active Director or Advisory role at Celeritas Management, Inc. Mr. Hank Torbert serves as a Director at Strive DC and Medstar Research Institute. He is a Trustee, Director, and Alumnus of The Taft School. Mr. Torbert speaks regularly at media industry seminars on venture capital and other investment-related topics and is a recipient of the Network Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 Award. He holds a Masters degree in International Finance, an M.B.A., and a B.A. from Columbia University.