Acorn Growth Companies Appoints Randy Martinez to Its Advisory Board

Acorn Growth Companies, a private equity firm investing exclusively in
aerospace, defense and intelligence, appointed Randy Martinez to its
Advisory Board. As an advisor, he will provide strategic and tactical
insights on investment strategy, emergent acquisition opportunities, and
provide context to market forces potentially impacting Acorn’s portfolio
companies and overall strategy.

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Randy Martinez has been appointed to Acorn Growth Companies Advisory Board. (Photo: Business Wire)

“We are delighted Randy Martinez has agreed to join Acorn’s Advisory
Board,” said Rick Nagel, Managing Partner of Acorn Growth Companies.
“Randy’s impressive background and his proven track record of success is
a perfect fit as we continue to invest in our country’s national
security interests and pick winners in the Aerospace and Defense
sectors.”

Martinez is an accomplished C-suite executive and board member with a
proven track record of leadership in billion-dollar public corporations
in aviation, aerospace and defense. Most recently, he served in several
leadership roles with AAR, most notably president and CEO of the AAR
Airlift Group and group vice president of Aviation Services.
Additionally, he held the positions of corporate vice president of
strategy and business development and group vice president of government
and defense services.

“I look forward to contributing my insights and experiences as a member
of the Acorn Advisory Board,” Martinez said. “I am impressed by the
quality of the companies in Acorn’s Fund IV portfolio. Having the
opportunity to contribute to a private equity firm that focuses solely
in aerospace and defense and is known for delivering powerful financial
results is exciting.”

Previously, Martinez had a distinguished military career with the U.S.
Air Force (retired colonel and command pilot), most recently serving as
principal advisor to the chief of NATO’s Strategic Planning staff. He
also served as senior aide-de-camp to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff, Commander – 457th Airlift Squadron at Andrews Air Force Base
and Chief – Wing Standardization & Evaluation Division at Rhein Main Air
Base. He is a combat-experienced pilot, highly-decorated and a
three-time, below-the-zone promoted officer.

Martinez earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Air Force
Academy and Master of Science degrees from the University of Arkansas
and the National Defense University. In addition to his current service
on the Board of Directors of MTS Systems, Martinez serves on the Board
of the National Defense Transportation Association. His prior service on
Boards of Directors includes Global Aviation Holdings, World Air
Holdings and Safe Ports. He is currently the chairman of the Military
Aviation Advisory Committee of the National Defense Transportation
Association and a Trustee of the Falcon Foundation for the Air Force
Academy.

Acorn Growth Companies is a middle market private equity firm
focused exclusively on Aerospace & Defense. Acorn invests solely in
operating companies that strive to enhance global mobility and protect
national interests. Acorn has a formidable reputation in the industry
and is recognized for its deep understanding of the Aerospace & Defense
markets, with proprietary access to the best companies within these
sectors. With operational expertise and its ability to lead and manage
investments through variable economic and industry cycles, Acorn works
in tandem with management to build its portfolio companies into
significant market leaders. AcornGrowthCompanies.com

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