Mr. Torres holds a BS in Physics, a MS in Industrial Engineering from California State University, and a MBA in Logistics from the Florida Institute of Technology. He completed a Finance and Real Estate Executive Certificate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a DBA candidate in Business Administration at the Pontifical Catholic University in Puerto Rico. His research work included Quantum Physics: Sub-atomic particles, Artificial Intelligence: Computer Expert System in the Selection of Suppliers, published in Paris, France in 1989. His doctoral research in progress, and discusses Corporate Governance and Business Ethics in small and mid-size businesses in the southern region of Puerto Rico.
In 2004, Mr. Torres was designated by the Governor of Puerto Rico as Executive Director of the Port of the Americas, a $250MM deep draft transshipment port and industrial complex. Prior to his appointment as a state executive and since 1992, he held several executive positions at the City of Ponce, including Director of the Port of Ponce ($100MM in assets); Director for Housing and Economic Development; Finance Director, managing over $110MM of municipal and federal funds; and President of the Board of Awards. From 1997-2000 he served as Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer for the Ponce School of Medicine. His career began in 1984 as a Systems Engineer. Projects included the Space Shuttle Program and the B-2 at Rockwell International, Hughes Aircraft in California, and engineering systems at Eli Lilly in Puerto Rico.
Has been involved with several professional, academic and community organizations, including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, American Certified Fraud Examiners, Ponce School of Medicine Board, Chamber of Commerce Board, National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration Federal Review Panel, Puerto Rico Council for Higher Education, Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, Turabo University, University of Puerto Rico Advisory Committee Ponce Campus, and the Baseball Little League. His teaching career commenced in 1995 at the Interamerican University.
He was recognized with the Special Presidential Award-2006 and the Public Service Award-2002 by the Chamber of Commerce of the Southern Region of Puerto Rico for his contribution to the economic development of the island. The Florida Institute of Technology depicted his professional contribution as a recognized international alumni, in the Winter 2009 issue of the Florida Tech Today Magazine.
Currently, Mr. Torres serves as Associate Professor for the Interamerican University-Ponce Campus in the areas of Logistics, Finance, International Business, and accreditation under the Association of Collegiate of Business Schools and Programs, while managing The RTM Group, his own business enterprise. He supports the North American Port Infrastructure Group, LLC as an Associate Consultant and is a weekly columnist on Economic Analysis for a regional newspaper in Puerto Rico.