KuhnTorres is a growth equity investment firm that does things differently than traditional private equity groups.
We pride ourselves on making sound investments in companies that not only seek growth capital, but also a strong strategic and operational partnership. As proven business leaders, we can provide the expertise in strategy, process, operations, technology, talent management and digital marketing that your business needs to grow and thrive.
Knowing the shortcomings of typical private equity groups allowed us to build KuhnTorres from the ground up to be the kind of growth partner that can truly benefit your company.
We are proven business owners with more than 80 years combined experience operating highly profitable companies. We bring a wide range of professional backgrounds to the table.
Our capital funding doesn’t come with the stringent guidelines and short-sighted timelines of traditional private equity groups.
Beyond solely providing capital funding, our strategic partnership delivers a unique set of leadership insights and services to support your business’s growth.
As business owners who have had to seek out investment funding and guidance to get to the “next level,” we understand the anxiety, concern, and uncertainty you may be struggling with. That’s why we provide a full range of support services that will benefit your leadership team and your entire organization.
A successful partnership starts with a set of shared beliefs and values. Before we begin the journey, you should know ours.
We promise to provide big ideas, creative collaboration, relentless drive and strategic vision to ensure you achieve your business goals.
Be creative, hungry and smart.
Deliver differentiated growth and value for our partners.
Complete openness and accountability.
Business & Consumer Services
The breadth of experience our team draws from spans technology, operations, process improvement, and talent acquisition, providing our partners with the critical tools and support to grow.
Jason has been a successful serial entrepreneur for the past 25 years. During that time, Jason has completed 21 transactions totaling more than ~$700 million in value. He has formed more than two dozen businesses which include ventures in automotive retailing, insurance, technology and real estate development. He is a seasoned business operator with acumen in extracting value from both high performing companies as well as distressed organizations. His companies have won awards of distinction for achieving outstanding customer satisfaction, as well as operational excellence.
Jason served three years as chairman of the Volkswagen National Dealer Council, and more recently, successfully led the Volkswagen dealers’ negotiating team that extracted a record ~$1.2 billion settlement against the manufacturer for their actions in the diesel fraud case.
Jason, who began his career as an M&A tax consultant for KPMG in their New York City headquarters, has a strong transactional background. He holds a Business Administration degree from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis, a law degree from Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, and an LL.M. in Tax Law from the NYU School of Law.
Jason also funds treatments and raises awareness for pancreatic cancer. As the former Chairman of the Board of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN), he has spent more than 15 years investing in, and fighting for, better treatment options for survivors. He continues to serve on the PanCAN board, which is based in Los Angeles.
Jason resides in Tampa, Fla., with his wife Courtney and their four children.
Steve Torres is an accomplished high-tech executive with more than 20 years of leadership experience, including senior roles at mid-market technology companies to Fortune 250 companies. Steve has a unique way of combining his entrepreneurial thinking and passion for leadership with execution, rigor and operational excellence. He has built powerful teams and companies, delivering industry-leading results and strong revenue growth.
Steve is the former COO and President of Services at Vology, a strategic technology solutions provider. He joined the company when it was in serious financial and operational distress and transformed it into one of the world’s largest technology solutions providers. Steve’s business and entrepreneurial experience helped him grow Vology’s revenues from ~$17M to more than ~$170M.
Steve has managed turnarounds, hyper growth situations, and business transformations across four industries. He is an expert at building strong leadership teams and high-performing cultures, creating innovative strategies, scaling operations and leveraging technology to optimize profitability.
During Steve’s 10-year tenure at Vology, he:
Prior to Vology, Steve held senior finance roles at Tech Data, a technology distributor and service provider, and Jabil Circuit, a global electronics solutions company. He also helped prepare Syniverse, a transaction processor for the world’s largest mobile carriers and providers for its IPO.
Steve currently serves on the Board of Directors for SunTrust Tampa Bay, Prove, Shield Watch, Webinfinity and is a member of the Heart Ball Cabinet. Steve earned his B.S. in Accounting from the University of South Florida and his MBA from Regis University.
Steve lives in Tampa, Fla., and enjoys spending time with his wife Melissa and their daughter Sammi.
Courtney is a highly recognized expert, human capital and operational advisor and leader in the retained executive search and financial services industries. Over the course of her 25-year career, she has advised heads of investment banks, alternative asset management and private equity firms; CEOs and boards of directors; and consulting firm partners on their human capital, growth, M&A, and operational strategies.
Due to her outstanding track record, she has developed long standing client relationships. Most notably, for 17 years, she advised McKinsey & Company on talent strategy and acquisition and held internal roles at the firm where she grew multiple practices, both in and outside of the U.S. She carried this relationship forward by continuing to advise many of the partners of the firm when they later became corporate CEOs or leaders within private equity. While working with McKinsey, she grew the BTO practice from a startup with five consultants in North America to the second largest practice in the firm globally. For three years, she worked with the leadership of the RTS practice during its inception and grew the practice across multiple geographies. She advised the President of McKinsey’s Investment Office on staffing and developing a Private Investments offering for MIO, and has worked with the Corporate Finance and Financial Services practices of the firm, among others.
Additionally, Courtney and her team built the global strategy function for Mondelez, a global consumer packaged goods/snack foods company. She has built M&A industry coverage teams for various money center global investment banks, and also advised the Board of Directors, COO and CEO of First Republic Bank on successfully recruiting the successor to the CEO.
Over the past 20 years, in addition to managing her search firm, Synergy-Search, Courtney was a principal in Heidrick & Struggles’ Chicago and New York offices and was a member of the Global Financial Services Practice and the Global Technology and Services Practice where she served investment banks, asset management firms, private equity firms, private banks and consulting firm clients.
Between 2006 and 2008, Courtney led the HR and recruiting functions for Z Capital Partners, an alternative asset management firm and distressed private equity manager which at the time had ~$1.5 billion AUM. In this role, she led senior executive searches for the firm and was also responsible for executive management team assessment and recruiting for portfolio companies. She is also an active trader and trades equities and futures contracts.
Courtney holds a B.S. degree from Indiana University.
Courtney currently lives in Tampa, Fla., with her husband Jason and their four children. She is actively involved in the arts and is a strong supporter of The Art Institute of Chicago and The Tampa Museum of Art.