Mr. Torbert has spent the last 15 years in the private equity, operational management, business development and corporate finance world. He is a decisive, results-oriented leader with particular functional expertise in finance, team building and business strategy & development. Mr. Torbert has deep industry experience in the technology, media, telecommunications, alternative energy and transportation sectors. Moreover, strong industry and government contacts for business development, operational / revenue expansion and financing.
Since 2006, Mr. Torbert has focused on investing in and enhancing middle market companies, notably roll up and platform company opportunities. As a founding investor and board member, Mr. Torbert played an integral role in the launch, development and $100MM Initial Public Offering of Mood Media (TSX: “MM”), formerly Fluid Music, Inc., an internet-based music services company. In conjunction with management, Mr. Torbert executed Fluid Music's acquisition of Trusonic, Inc., which enabled company to access public equity market and expand. In addition, he has played a vital role in the formation and growth of several other middle market-sized companies, including Midas Medici (OTB: "MMED"). Mr. Torbert has sourced and evaluated transactions in numerous sectors including financial services, transportation, media, technology and business services. In a very difficult distressed business environment, Mr. Torbert also orchestrated acquisition of two distressed assets in the aviation sector, Direct Air and Swift Air, with plan to restructure both companies.
From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Torbert served as Chief Operating Officer of Broadcast Capital, a firm focused on investing in media and broadcasting sectors. He focused on managing the company's portfolio assets and expanding the investment mandate to include new media. Mr. Torbert oversaw firms 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 investing in the middle market, with a special industry focus on media, transportation, healthcare, and consumer products transactions. Additionally, he completed 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 held positions at AIG Capital Partners, where he focused on analyzing global private equity investments and on raising capital for the firm’s $1 billion Global Emerging Markets Fund.
More than 20 years experience in equity investment strategy, asset allocation, product development, portfolio management, and fundamental equity analysis on the buy-side..
• Experienced investment manager with a proven track record of adding alpha in actively managed equity and convertible bond portfolios.
• Formerly portfolio manager PineBridge US Focus equity portfolios.
My experience in the architectural field are comprised of my studies at Penn State University, the Sedi de Roma Design Studio abroad in Rome, and my 5 years with with Neil Stevenson Architects. This has given me insight into a wide variety of project types including Urban design, Environmental Studies, Design in Coastal Environments, Educational Facilities, Modular housing both in urban and non-urban settings. As a LEED AP gaining experience with multiple LEED projects how shown me the importance of sustainable design practice. I plan to work towards gaining my professional license in conjunction with the growth and launch of GreenWizard.
LEED construction, Sustainability, 3D Modeling, BIM, Rendering/Animations
VC focused on energy, enterprise, and resource efficiency technologies.
Select areas of interest include: Energy Data; V2G technologies; mobile fleet management and transportation logistics; green building technologies; Energy and Utility Data Services; IT efficiency software; Data Centers; Storage; Infrastructure; Cleanweb.
I have 10 kids and 28 grand kids with 3 great grand kids now.
I bought my first stock a good 70 years ago and have been trading dividend paying stocks and profiting from them for well over 50 years now. I sell when I think it is needed but I buy for the long term. I am somewhat of a bottom-fisher - I like to look for the deal on a company I want to own anyway.
I have traded commodities in the past, but I prefer to use ETFs for them instead of buying them now as they trade easier and make it easier to keep my two personal portfolios balanced overall.
In my Core Portfolio - I keep at 85% dividend paying stocks with a 7+ year record of RAISING them along with 15% Gold and Silver. I rarely sell these but spend time weekly on each one keeping up with the news and reports on them.
In my Speculation (or Exploration) Portfolio - I keep stocks that cut their dividend and were sold, but re-purchased them when they dropped to a point where they are attractive again. A trade sequence on these usually ends up with me having a zero-cost basis for the shares I kept and cash ahead also. I also keep stocks in this one that I know are trading in a channel so I buy low and collect dividends until they go back up to my target price and I - again - have a zero cost-basis and free stock when I sell. This is also where stocks that I have found attractive because of low value metrics and are trending up are kept for as long as I am in the trade. As Jesse Livermoore said "No stock is too low to sell or too high to buy." He made millions by following the trends and never lost money unless he went against his own disciplines. I try to keep that in mind with my trades.
I have had a wide range of jobs in my lifetime - Law Enforcement, Professional Gambler and Gold Prospector among them. I use my experience to help me figure out what comes next.
Mihai Radu, MBA, MSc, CSC
Capital markets professional - 20 years of experience in Eastern Europe and North American markets; being lucky to be trained very early in my career by Merrill Lynch.
- Investment Manager of pension funds, private debt funds and hedge fund.
- Research/Investment analyst
- Equities trader
- Forex trader
- Commodities trader
I am a strong believer in long term cycles and I tend to be a Contrarian/Value type of Investor. My investment horizons, usually range from 3 to 6 months, but there are exceptions of as little as 1 month or as long as a year. The usual investment vehicles that I use are stocks, bonds, ETFs, currencies, REITs, both LONG and SHORT.
Some of my customers include: Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, RBC, BNY, BMO, ABN Amro, Merrill Lynch and ING.
Average Annualized Return: 15.99% over the last 18 years (CAD).
invited as a guest speaker at several investment conferences.