Areas of Focus
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Marty continues to manage, invest, and pursue compelling opportunities. These opportunities span a diverse spectrum, due to the fact that Marty is constantly open-minded to situations that he deems to be interesting, revolutionary, disruptive, and/or exciting.
As such, Marty has a wide scope of industry/company experiences and is always open-minded to hearing a compelling story. More specifically, while having been involved in countless deals, his more recent interests which he views as compelling today are in the following areas:
Marty has spent years investing and reviewing the food industry and has come away with the personal conclusion that the industry is transforming. In his view, the industry is moving to healthier choices, cleaner labels, better quality ingredients, and focus on health and nutritional benefits. A restructuring opportunity allowed him to create Frozen Foods Partners, a platform business that now owns/manages the following brands:
- Gourmet Dining
- La Sambrosa
- True Earth
- Rosetto Pasta
Separately, his wife’s passion for a healthy lifestyle led him to consume minimal levels of processed foods and through her passion, he and his wife launched Just Real Foods, LLC.
As they build out the scope of this brand, they currently have the following categories:
- Krave the Krunch Grainless Granola
Marty has pursued several compelling opportunities in his career in this space and continues to believe that this area seems to always have exciting breakthrough opportunities to enhance our health and quality of life. In approximately the past seven years, Marty personally and through entities he manages, was introduced to a compelling medical/surgical adhesive. Over the past five years, Marty became more actively involved and along with his brother, he was named the Co-Chairman of Optmed. In December of 2016, Optmed finally received FDA approval of its submitted application.
Marty has had the benefit of family members in the oil industry and frequently sees opportunities in the oil business. Over the past 10 years, oil seemed to have tremendous volatility and with volatility often comes opportunity. Oil seemed to have peaked between 2008-09 at $140-150 price per barrel of WTI and then traded as low as approx $30-35, in early 2016. (Crude Oil Prices 10-Year / Crude Oil Prices 3-Year)
Through entities he manages (family related, unrelated and others), Marty was part of a small group that led the acquisition of a Legacy Reserves LP (NASDAQ: LGCY) Mid-continent assets. Marty continues to look opportunistically at distressed operators in the oil and gas space.
Marty has always had a keen eye scouting out opportunities for established brands as well as good brands which are in some sort of difficult situation. While the earlier portion of this bio provides additional deals in which Marty participated, in the end of 2012, Marty, along with his brother, led a fund they manage into negotiating and purchasing a long time brand of Johnson and Johnson and successfully acquired the brand, Viactiv, well known for their calcium chews sold in major retailers and pharmacies across the country such as CVS, Walgreens and Walmart. He and his brother managed the business until they negotiated a successful exit to a division of Texas Pacific Group in the 4th quarter of 2016.
Marty remains actively interested in various companies and continues to seek out exciting opportunities. From fast growing brands unable to financially support their growth prospects, or distressed companies in need of restructuring, rebranding and streamlining of business operations, Marty has over 30-years of boots on the ground experience identifying opportunities with restructurings, distressed organizations and bankruptcies.