Mr. Opportunity Featured

8:00pm EDT June 25, 2009
Finalist
Financial Services

Bobby Tudor had a vision, and he acted on it.

After 20 years in investment banking, Tudor left his job to create Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. LLC on a foundation of combining a traditional equity research firm with investment banking and asset managing capabilities.

As it turns out, Tudor’s decision was spot on. TPH has grown that model to become one of the leading energy investment and merchant banking firms in the industry. The company has more than doubled in revenue in the last three years and has mushroomed from 23 to 73 employees.

That growth stems not just from TPH’s ability to differentiate itself as a top-quality firm in industry knowledge, stock recommendation, advising, sales support and service but also from the entrepreneurial spirit Tudor ingrains in his people. He used his own capital to help get his vision for TPH off the ground, and every day, he thinks of his work as, “great fun.” As a result, he’s passionate about his work, but he also helps employees keep things in perspective by modeling a solid work-life balance. He also brings his team together with an open and collaborative work culture. He may have left his old life to follow a vision, but Tudor believes that all of his people have a say in tweaking that vision on a daily basis.

Beyond the teamwork atmosphere that the collaborative culture of TPH creates, Tudor also sets the tone for corporate responsibility at the company to give employees a sense of something bigger. Rather than formalizing a charity program within the company, Tudor lets people make their own choices on giving, but he provides them with a wide list of companies to consider just from his own charity work at places like United Way of Texas Gulf Coast, Houston Katrina/Rita Fund and several others.

How to reach: Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. LLC, (713) 333-7100 or www.tudorpickering.com