Quest CE’s Chief Information Officer Speaks at Alma Mater
Patrick Torhorst, Quest CE’s Chief Information Officer, returned to his alma mater, MATC, on Oct. 4 to speak to a group of the Business School’s advisory committees on the impact MATC has had on his career up to this point. An E-Business major himself, Torhorst reflected on how his educational start at MATC landed him at the helm of Quest CE’s IT Department.
“It’s an honor to have been asked to speak on behalf of my alumni peers, who are also products of this great institution and have gone on to be progressive leaders in their field of choice,” said Torhorst. “Additionally, it’s a privilege to help evolve and credit a program that has contributed so greatly to my personal career path.”
After earning his associates degree at MATC in 2003 and then his MIS degree at MSOE, Torhorst worked at SC Johnson and Harley Davidson before joining the Quest CE team in 2005. Since then, Patrick has helped transform the five-person company into a multi-million dollar enterprise. As the lead engineer of three custom data-driven programs, he has revolutionized the model in which financial service companies maintain their compliance training programs. Today, Torhorst’s programs are being used by over 630 financial institutions nationwide, with an additional 26,000 users accessing the systems this year alone.
While Patrick is hesitant to call himself successful, maintaining he will always be one ‘moonshot’ away from taking on such a title, he does, however, attribute his career achievements to the hands-on experience and skills training he received from MATC.
“MATC equipped me with the tools necessary to start building my ‘IT Tool Belt’. It’s through this introduction to the application of web technology that I was able to kick-start my career.”
In addition to the knowledge gained from his higher education, Torhorst described that in order to overcome challenges along the way, he needed to have a limitless drive to succeed.
“When I began my career at Quest CE, the industry was doing everything on paper. As such, you can imagine the looks I received when I set out to build a web-based application that could automate those same day-to-day, manual operations in a fraction of the time. Regardless of what I was told was possible – or should I say impossible – I did.”
An avid supporter of the College, Torhorst maintains an active membership on MATC’s E-Business Advisory Committee, where he aids in developing strategies for increasing campus sustainability.
“If you can imagine it, it’s possible. Impossible things are happening every day,” he added.
About Quest CE
For over twenty-five years, Quest CE has been the premier provider of Compliance Education to the financial services industry. In addition to offering Providership Administration and insurance continuing education (CE) for professionals holding insurance licenses and professional designations like the CFP, CPA, CLE, CIMA and CLU/ChFC designations, Quest CE also provides a complete spectrum of FINRA compliance training solutions including annually required Firm Element Training for registered representatives, on-demand Annual Compliance Meetings, Annual Compliance Questionnaires, Needs Analysis Surveys, Outside Business Activity Tracking, Gifts and Entertainment Tracking and Political Contributions Tracking.
Serving more than 630 leading insurance carriers, broker-dealers, banks, and other financial institutions, Quest CE is committed to providing advanced custom solutions at cost effective rates, while providing a level of service that greatly surpasses their competitors. Quest CE is the single source solution for organizations seeking training and compliance needs.