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John Torrens

Professor of Entrepreneurial Practice

Room: 534
jtorrens@syr.edu

BS, State University of New York College at Potsdam
MS, Syracuse University
PhD, Northcentral University

BS, State University of New York College at Potsdam
MS, Syracuse University
PhD, Northcentral University


Prior to joining the Whitman faculty as an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurial Practice, Torrens had multiple start-ups, including four companies in the health and education industries. He was the founder, president, and executive director of InterActive Therapy Group (ITG), a provider of medical and educational rehabilitation services for young children with disabilities throughout New York State and Washington, D.C. He sold his company in 2008 and stayed on as president in transition until September 2010 and remained on the company’s board of directors as a consultant to the executive team until March 2011. In April 2011 he bought himself out of his non-compete, raised more capital, and repurchased ITG’s assets and operations in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse with two other equity partners (one operational and one financial). He continues in his faculty position and engages more fully in his business and consulting practice during the summer months and on school breaks.

He is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship, business planning, and raising capital.  Most recently, he gave invited lectures at Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (WISE) Syracuse, Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) in San Antonio and Baltimore; Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) in Syracuse, and the Private Practice Institute for the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. He has been invited to speak at state and national professional association meetings on topics such as finance, technology, and strategy.


Torrens is an active member of Young President’s Organization (YPO) as a member of the Empire State Chapter. He also serves on the YPO International Education Committee, in YPO’s Deal Network and he chaired the 2009 YPO Global Leadership Summit in Miami.

In addition, Torrens is an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University and teaches in the area of business practices to doctoral students in the speech-language pathology program. He has co-authored several technical papers and position statements for ASHA in the area of business practices and telepractice; is a contributing author for “Business Matters: A Guide for Speech-Language Pathologists;” and has recently contributed a chapter to a new textbook Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.