Alpine Ventures, Inc.
Alpine Ventures, Inc.
4521 PGA Boulevard #437
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
Tel: (561) 660-9067
Email: tom@alpineventures.net
 
Thomas O'Rourke

Management

Thomas D. O'Rourke Manager

Tom began his career in the securities business in 1984 at 19 years of age. In March of 1995, at 30 years of age, Tom co-founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of a NASD member broker-dealer based in Manhattan titled The Thornwater Company, L.P. Thornwater specialized in micro-cap financing. In December 1995, he effected a private placement at .25 per share for Pride Automotive Group, UK and in April 1996 co-underwrote the IPO on the NASDAQ SC of Pride Automotive Group, UK at $5 per share. In January 1996, Tom purchased the majority interest in Thornwater. In July 1996 he effected a private placement at .80 per share for Room Plus Furniture, Inc. and in November 1996 lead underwrote the IPO on the NASDAQ SC of Room Plus Furniture, Inc., at $5 per share, raising $6.5mm. Again as lead underwriter, he effected the IPO on the NASDAQ SC of Harvey Electronics, Inc., at $5 per share raising $6.3mm in April 1998. In January 1999, Tom sold his interest in the broker dealer he co-founded and left the securities business.

In May 1999 Tom founded Tortoise Group, LLC, specializing in corporate finance and strategy. In June 1999, as sole member of Tortoise, Tom in a transaction he initiated with the company directly, acquired 14% of privately held DME Interactive Holdings, Inc., investing $100,000 at a $700,000 post money valuation; he then negotiated the reverse merger of DME resulting in a $54mm public market valuation, as well as the company earning the distinction of becoming the “first publicly traded African American owned internet company”. During the post public period, Tom conceived and structured a strategic partnership between DME and America Online, Inc., this partnership was announced in February 2000 at which time the company achieved a $324mm public market valuation. Tom received a partial (per Rule 144) exit for his shares at a $200mm valuation in 1999.

In June 2002 Tom founded Trump Music, Inc. a company specializing in the finance of intellectual property; producers, songwriters and artists in the recording industry. In December 2008 he sold his interest in Trump Music.

Between 2002 and 2015 Tom while seeking capital to manage for CalPERS, resulted in a 13 year batting average of 1000.

His "picks" for the period:
  • Niagara Steel 10x 3 years
  • Rawlings 3x 2 years
  • Macro negative in late 2006, early 2007 avoid housing, mortgage insurers, autos, prior to March 2008.
  • Mid 2008 avoid emerging markets, (then popular answer to slowdown in U.S).
  • Pep Boys 2x 2 years
  • Wendy’s 2.5x 3 years
DISCLAIMER: PAST RESULTS ARE NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS.

In 2010 Tom founded Alpine Ventures, Inc. to advocate for, and invest in early stage private companies.

Tom has passed FINRA Series 7, 63, 24 and 79 exams, and is 51 years of age.

Recommendations


Private to IPO transactions
In June 1999, Tom in a transaction he initiated with the company directly, acquired 14% of privately held DME Interactive Holdings, Inc., investing $100,000 at a $700,000 post money valuation; he then negotiated the reverse merger of DME resulting in a $54mm public market valuation.
[ View Initial Public Offering and Letter of Recommendation ]

Room Plus, Inc.
In July 1996 Tom O’Rourke effected a private placement at .80 per share for Room Plus Furniture, Inc. and in November 1996 lead underwrote the IPO on the NASDAQ SC of Room Plus Furniture, Inc., at $5 per share, raising $6.5mm.
[ View Initial Public Offering and Letter of Recommendation ]

Harvey
In April 1998, as lead underwriter, Tom effected the IPO on the NASDAQ SC of Harvey Electronics, Inc., at $5 per share raising $6.3mm.
[ View Initial Public Offering and Letter of Recommendation ]