Michael S. Torrech
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Michael Torrech, one of the founders of American Maritime Holdings, Inc. (AMH), took on responsibilities as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on 1 July 2012. As CEO, Mr. Torrech is actively engaged in the strategic growth, operations, and success of AMH and its holdings. AMH was formed as a strategic partnership between two marine and industrial forces, MHI Ship Repair and Técnico Corporation, both headquartered in the Port of Hampton Roads, Virginia. As a holding company, AMH is focused on providing the defense and marine industries with a formidable, high quality, low-cost maritime service provider today and into the future. AMH marine and industrial service companies contribute to the economies of Virginia, Florida, Alabama and California. The holdings of AMH currently include: MHI Ship Repair, Técnico Corporation, Ocean Marine Yacht Center, AMH HEALTH and the AMH Apprentice Program. AMH has remained a small business; however, it is one of the largest employee-owned Marine and Industrial companies in the United States.
Mr. Torrech has mentored presidents and management leaders of successful ship repair businesses within the Hampton Roads region through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Mentor-Protégé program; a program that helps small, disadvantaged businesses compete in the marketplace. Recognizing the ship repair industry’s serious shortage of marine and industrial tradesmen, Mr. Torrech has taken his focus on workforce development for the ship repair industry to the national level. As one of the founders of National Maritime Education Council (NMEC), Michael Torrech has also taken on the bold initiative of developing and standing-up the AMH Apprenticeship Program.
Prior to forming AMH, Mr. Torrech served as President of Técnico Corporation. Under his leadership, the company realized and maintained its goals, objectives, and cultural values. Técnico’s revenues grew from $5 million in 1992 to revenue averaging between 80 and 100 million for the last 5 years. Mr. Torrech was instrumental in launching American Maritime Modernization Association (AMMA) and served as its first president. In an environment that favored large shipyards, Mr. Torrech increased the visibility of, and promoted cost-effective, professional services provided by, smaller Alteration Installation Team (AIT) contractors. Técnico originally started by Mr. Torrech’s father, Rafael Torrech as Torrech Enterprises in 1988, and in conjunction with a skilled trades company, provided turn-key contracting services to shipyards. This early experience provided Técnico with the knowledge and opportunity to expand to other markets. Técnico continues to grow diverse assets in Panama City, Mobile, San Diego, California, and Norfolk/Hampton Roads.
Mr. Michael Torrech started his career in 1974 as an apprentice at Norfolk Shipbuilding & Drydock Corporation (NORSHIPCO), now BAE Systems, Norfolk Ship Repair, graduating as a Journeyman Shipfitter in1978; remaining with NORSHIPCO until 1988. He served as Director of Estimating for Atlantic Marine Shipyards until 1990 when he joined Técnico Corporation. Mr. Torrech earned a BS Mechanical Engineering Technology from Old Dominion University in 1996 and began serving as President of Técnico in 2000. Under his leadership, the company achieved significant growth through a strategy of quality improvement, workforce development, and geographic growth. Mr. Torrech is no stranger to the deckplates; even as President, he was often aboard ship.
Mr. Torrech is also a participating leader and/or member affiliated in various causes including:
- Member: South Norfolk Boys and Girls Club
- Member: Rotary International, Great Bridge, Chesapeake, VA
- Member: Old Dominion University, Development Council
- Moderator: Entrepreneur Organization
A non-profit organization providing entrepreneurs with access to tools, mentorship and resources to growing business
Marine Industry & Workforce Development
- Vice Chair: National, Maritime Education Council (NMEC)
- Board Member, Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA)
- Board Member: Treasurer/Chairman Finance Committee; Virginia Ship Association (VSRA)
- Board Chairman, Orphan Helpers - a ministry to the physical, spiritual, emotional and educational needs of orphaned, abused and incarcerated children: www.orphanhelpers.org