Evan Toporek |
Evan is an Operating Partner at Heritage. With over 25 years of operating and leadership experience honed from growing his own business and advising many others, Evan works closely with founders and owner-operators to nurture their brands, develop their teams, expand their businesses and achieve their personal goals.
Evan spent over two decades as Co-Owner and CEO of Alternative Apparel, helping grow the t-shirt startup into an international lifestyle brand. Alternative reached its biggest milestones during Evan’s tenure, including: being recognized as one of Inc. 500’s fastest growing companies; launching Alternative Earth, its eco-fashion label; and breaking ground on its first flagship store in Venice Beach, CA. In 2008, Alternative secured a minority growth investment from Rosewood Capital and in 2017, Alternative was acquired by Hanesbrands Inc (NYSE: HBI), giving the brand a massive sourcing and distribution platform to expand globally. In January 2020, Evan left Alternative to launch Thread Ventures, an investment and advisory firm focused on helping early-stage consumer products companies reach their potential.
Evan earned an Industrial Engineering degree at the Georgia Institute of Technology and then joined Andersen Consulting, now known as Accenture, where his client roster included Chick-fil-A, Georgia Pacific and FedEx. Evan serves in varying leadership positions on several for-profit and nonprofit Boards, including The Davis Academy as Past President and the Marcus Jewish Community Center as Treasurer. He is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Atlanta. Evan is also a guest lecturer at the Industrial Engineering School at Georgia Tech and a member of its Board of Advisors. Evan lives in Atlanta and is married with two children and enjoys traveling for fun, playing sports and occasionally playing the drums.