Hooks Johnston has had success as both an operating executive and as a venture capital investor. He has twenty-five years of experience in senior leadership roles at venture capital firms and technology companies in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Prior to founding Valhalla Partners, Hooks was a Managing Director at FBR Technology Venture Partners ("FBRTVP"). The FBRTVP funds produced seven IPOs, including webMethods, the most successful software IPO in history.
Hooks led Valhalla's investments in KZO Innovations (acquired by Bedford Funding), Persystent Technologies, Verical, Inc. (acquired by Arrow Electronics, Inc. - NYSE:ARW), MiserWare and ServiceBench (sold to N.E.W.) and Sepaton. He is currently a board member of The Global Good Fund, Five Talents International, and serves on the Virginia Innovation and Enterpreneurship Investment Authority and the INOVA Healthcare Services Board.
Prior to joining FBRTVP, Hooks was the President and Chief Operating Officer of The Descartes Systems Group, a leading supply chain software company ("Descartes"). Hooks helped take Descartes public in 1997. Prior to his role at Descartes, Hooks was President and Chief Executive Officer at Roadshow International, a transportation and logistics software company. From 1993 to 1995, Hooks was the Chief Operating Officer of ALG, Inc., a design, pre-press and systems integration company. Prior to ALG, Inc., Hooks spent five years at Systems Center, Inc., a systems and network management software company.
Hooks received a Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Brown University.
Past investments include Riverbed Technologies (sold to Aether Systems), InforMax (IPO, then sold to Invitrogen), and Global Logistics (sold to Oracle).
Hooks, his wife and four children live in McLean, Virginia.