Vortus Investment Advisors LLC, a Fort Worth-based private equity firm focused on lower to middle market upstream investments across North America, has promoted Brian Hansen to partner, Frank Lamsens to chief operating officer and Ross Cunningham to Director of Finance.
“We are pleased to recognize the quality of our team with these promotions and the valuable contributions of Brian, Frank, and Ross to the success of Vortus and our portfolio companies,” said Jeffrey Miller and Brian Crumley, managing partners of Vortus. “Each of these individuals have demonstrated a strong work ethic, invaluable expertise, and the ability to execute on key strategic goals, which is why we are excited about the impact from their increased leadership as we continue to grow.”
Hansen joined Vortus in 2014, serving most recently as principal. He has been responsible for various stages of the investment lifecycle, including sourcing, structuring, transactional due diligence, and monitoring and management. He serves on the board of directors of several companies within the Vortus portfolio. Prior to Vortus, Hansen held a broad range of managerial, operational and financial responsibilities with Pioneer Natural Resources, a large independent oil and gas producer. He received an MBA from Southern Methodist University and graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University.
Lamsens joined Vortus in 2014, serving in dual roles as chief financial officer and chief compliance officer. Previously, he worked in various corporate finance, accounting and investor relations roles at TPG (formerly Texas Pacific Group) and as a manager in the Chicago audit group of KPMG. Lamsens holds a master’s in accounting from The University of Notre Dame and graduated with a bachelor of business administration in finance and accounting from Texas Christian University. He is a Certified Public Accountant.
Cunningham joined Vortus in 2018. Previously he worked for TPG, where he served in various accounting and operations roles, including senior manager, overseeing all accounting and finance aspects of the biotechnology funds and facilitating investment activity for the flagship TPG Capital funds. He started his career in the Denver audit practice of KPMG. Cunningham holds a bachelor of arts and master’s in accounting from Texas Tech University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Vortus has an asset-based investment strategy, targeting privately negotiated transactions in the lower to middle market requiring approximately $25 million to $100 million of equity capital in partnership with successful owner/operators.