Smart T Ventures operating partners and advisers
Martin Hunt, Founder and Managing Partner
Martin Hunt is the founder and managing partner for Smart T Ventures and manages its acquisition strategy and operating activities. Mr. Hunt is a father of two and enjoys education and business history. He has served on the board of several HWI companies, led a group of cable assembly and installation companies as the chief executive officer, led HWI Partners’ consulting activities and managed two HWI investment search funds as their managing partner. Mr. Hunt is an adviser to SmartInvest Ventures, serves on several boards, and is a member of the Harvard Business School African-American Alumni Association private equity steering committee.
Prior to his roles at Smart T Ventures, Mr. Hunt served as an adviser and general partner to SmartInvest Ventures, an adviser and managing director at the investment bank, Emerging Growth Equities, directed marketing and strategy for two multi-billion dollar loan businesses for MBNA America Bank, now Bank of America, completed a $16 billion M&A deal for the Unicom Corporation to form the Exelon Corporation (the largest electric utility at the time) and consulted for American Management Systems, now CGI, in strategy, business process redesign, change management and information technology. Prior to AMS, Mr. Hunt was an associate for Harvard Business School’s Professor Michael Porter during the founding stage of Porter’s Initiative for a Competitive Inner-city (ICIC).
Mr. Hunt has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from Swarthmore College where he was a McCabe Scholar. Mr. Hunt served as the first African-American President of the Harvard Business School Alumni Club of Philadelphia from 2011-2013, is a member of the Harvard Club of New York, the Pyramid Club in Philadelphia, and a lifetime member of the Harvard Business School African-American Alumni Association. Mr. Hunt volunteers as a member of the Swarthmore College McCabe scholarship selection committee and as an alumni interviewer for Harvard College.
Operating Partners and Advisers
Preston Polk, Operating Partner and Adviser
Mr. Polk is an experienced executive, entrepreneur and investor for over thirty years. He is the owner and Chief Executive Officer for IZSAM Cleaning and the Managing Partner of Glyph Consulting. Mr. Polk’s expertise includes the vision and development of revenue based growth strategies, the design and assessment of new products and new market entry strategies, as well as, re-engineering of external sales teams and performance management systems.
Mr. Polk has extensive senior executive experience in a number of Fortune 500 companies including Wells Fargo Bank where he was senior vice president and head of Wells Fargo Advisor Solutions with $170 million in revenues in 2019. Prior, Mr. Polk was an executive for First Data Corporation and a founding member of an internet services firm, Home Account after serving as a Senior Engagement Manager for Booz • Allen & Hamilton’s Financial Services Consulting Practice. Mr. Polk began his career working for IBM on Wall Street. Mr. Polk earned his MBA from the Harvard Business School, and also holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Swarthmore College where he was a McCabe Scholar.
Fred Hosaisy, Operating Partner and Adviser
Fred Hosaisy is an adviser and operating partner for Smart T Ventures and formerly an active general partner of SmartInvest Ventures where he oversaw Israeli investment and deal flow. He has facilitated multiple company start-ups and exits. He is the former CEO of a successful multi-national e-commerce enterprise(CFL), a director of operations of a global corporate law firm(DeLucca and Hamilton), CFO/VP for Hotwire Communications, and a director for at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. Mr. Hosaisy, graduated as valedictorian from Temple University with a Bachelor of Science degree, completed a Wharton executive education program in finance. Mr. Hosaisy also graduated from the Israeli IDF Command Academy in Israel and is the recipient of the Israeli Medal of War.
Doug Bloom, Philadelphia Chair of Tiger 21, Adviser
Mr. Bloom is the chair of Tiger 21 in Philadelphia and an adviser to Smart T Ventures. Doug is the former Chairman and CEO of RealWinWin, Inc., a privately-held, venture-backed company, headquartered in Philadelphia. It sold to BidEnergy (BID on the ASX/Australia). RealWinWin was the industry leader for identifying and capturing energy-efficiency rebates and incentives in support of “national brand” customers and vendors.
Mr. Bloom’s operational experience includes senior leadership positions in sales, business development, investment and IT with increasingly senior roles in the sales organizations of three national, cable-based telecommunications providers. Doug’s investment background includes private equity, investment banking (sales and trading), managed futures portfolios, and positions with two leading east coast venture capital firms. Doug has held hands-on, start-up roles in retail, consulting, software and business services and has served on multiple private Boards. Doug serves as Interim Treasurer of the Board of Pathways to Housing PA and has volunteered at the Board level with several other non-profits through COMPASS. Mr. Bloom an MBA from the Wharton School, an MSE from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA degree from Colgate University.