Thor Talseth, Head of Private Equity
Thor manages the investment process related to private equity opportunities within AMERRA. Joining AMERRA in 2015, Thor brings a wealth of experience in the international seafood and aquaculture industry including roles as senior executive, advisor, investor, and corporate and investment banker. He joined AMERRA from Neptune Partners, where he was the founding partner of this Norway-based, seafood focused investment advisor. Prior to Neptune, Thor was head of the corporate finance seafood team at Arctic Securities, a Norwegian investment bank focused on international maritime sectors. In 2009/2010, Thor was executive chairman of a successful turnaround of AquaBio Technology. Prior to AquaBio, Thor was a managing director and country manager for Landesbanki hf, responsible for the global aquaculture sector. From 2000-2005, Thor was CFO and then CEO of Fjord Marin ASA, an OTC listed aquaculture company. Thor earned his bachelors of business administration from Trondheim Business School in Norway and is a frequent speaker at industry focused investor conferences.
Thor sits on the boards of Andromeda S.A. (Greece) and Biomega AS (Norway).
Robert Hodgen, Managing Director
Robert manages the investment process related to private equity opportunities within AMERRA. He joined the team in 2015 with an experienced foundation and background in the grain industry, risk management and domestic and international logistics, which was built over 10+ years with J.D. Heiskell & Co. in a variety of executive roles. At the time of his departure from J.D. Heiskell & Co., he oversaw a diverse team of 200+ individuals located in multiple states that collectively generated in excess of $1.5 billion in annual sales revenue and handled over two million tons a year of various physical commodities. Robert began his career at Cargill Animal Nutrition and held management positions throughout the United States. Robert was raised on a grain and beef cattle farm in Indiana, he received a BS in Animal Science from Oklahoma State University and an MBA with concentrations in finance and management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Robert is a past Director of the National Grain and Feed Association, and currently serves on the Oklahoma State University Animal Science Alumni Advisory Board. Robert also sits on the board of Pipeline Foods (U.S.A).