Hank Torbert

Mr. Torbert founded Avondale Ventures LLC in 2006 and has over 10 years of experience in private equity, advisory, investment banking, and the development of small and middle market media and communications companies.

From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Torbert served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Broadcast Capital, a media-focused private equity firm with a 25 year history. 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, 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 completing over $100 billion in transactions in the media and telecommunications industry as a senior associate in the Equity Capital Markets Group, at JPMorgan Securities. Mr. Torbert also has also held positions at AIG Capital Partners and New Africa Advisers. Mr. Torbert has played an integral role in the launch and IPO of Fluid Music, Inc., an internet-based music services company, and several other online companies, including HorrorNet and Seven Echo. Mr. Torbert is currently on the Board of Directors of The Taft School and Medstar Research Institute. He received his undergraduate degree and his MBA from Columbia University.


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