Hank Torbert is a seasoned business leader operating at the nexus of finance, strategy, innovation and operations within the energy and industrials sectors. He is an expert on how new technologies, such as artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology, transmission technologies are changing the energy landscape and the implications on strategy and investment decisions.
As executive advisor to Metatomic, Mr. Torbert comes at a pivotal moment in the company’s growth. In this role, he brings both C-level business and financial experience and his global relationships to identify and secure investment in Metatomic in the transition from start-up to operations. He currently serves as the Chairman of Sunamp, LTD (www.sunamp.com). Founded in 2006, Sunamp is a venture-backed, multi-national corporation operating in Europe, North America, Asia and South America. He is also the President and majority shareholder of Alta Max, LLC, (www.altamax.net) a privately held, New Orleans-based company whose customers include the U.S. Department of Defense, numerous prime contractors and Fortune 500 companies. In his role there, Mr. Torbert has led Alta Max’s efforts to adopt new technologies, increase productivity and expand the company’s operations and sales.
As a leader in the energy field, Mr. Torbert is also the founder of The Frontier Conference (www.thefrontier.co), an event focused on bringing key energy and industrial sector leaders together to discuss and collaborate around innovation and disruptive technologies. Prior to The Frontier Conference, Mr. Torbert ran IdeaVillage’s ENERGYx Accelerator in New Orleans to support emerging technology companies focused on the energy sector.
From 2016 to 2017, Mr. Torbert served as an Operating Partner for Potomac Energy Fund, LLC, which is focused on investing in energy/renewables and emerging technology companies. Mr. Torbert served as the CEO of Potomac’s portfolio company, Smith Electric Vehicles (“SEV”), where he led operations and the company’s restructuring efforts for SEV.
From 2014 to 2016, Mr. Torbert was part of a New Orleans-based private equity effort that acquired a Midland, Texas-based oil and gas services company whose clients included, Devon Energy, Pioneer, Chevron and other major operators. Mr. Torbert played a leading role in supporting the company during a difficult market environment for the oil and gas sector. His efforts with the company led him to his focus on disruptive technologies for the industrials sector.
Prior to his own private equity efforts, Mr. Torbert served as Chief Operating Officer of Broadcast Capital, a firm focused on investing in media and broadcasting sectors from 2004 – 2006. He focused on managing the company’s portfolio assets and expanding the investment mandate to include new media. Mr. Torbert oversaw the firm’s operations and investment portfolio. From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Torbert was an investment banker at JPMorgan Chase. He served as a Vice President of the Financial Sponsor Group, Middle Market Banking, at JPMorgan Chase Bank (a subsidiary of JPMorgan Chase), where he was a member of a four-person team that covered the firm’s top tier middle market private equity clients. He was responsible for sourcing and financing private equity investment opportunities for financial sponsors.
Mr. Torbert serves on the Securities & Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee. The Committee is designed to provide a formal mechanism for the Commission to receive advice and recommendations on Commission rules, regulations and policy matters relating to small businesses, including smaller public companies.
Mr. Torbert holds a B.A. from Columbia University. He earned both an M.B.A. and a master’s degree in international finance from Columbia University. Mr. Torbert is also an alumnus and former Trustee of the Taft School.