VISION, HOLISTIC PERSPECTIVE, PASSION FOR SUCCESS
Marty is an experienced executive with knowledge gained from a myriad of endeavors through analyzing, privately researching, and through direct experience in many areas of finance, capital structure, valuations, management on both Wall Street and Main Street, operations of basic and specialty niche businesses and over a 30 year career, on both the buy side, sell side and as both an agent and a principal, excelling at several leading investment banks including Shearson Lehman, Oppenheimer and Company, until he moved to launch his own firm in 1990, with his brother and partner, Steven Sands.
Shortly thereafter, the firm became a New York Stock Exchange member firm as well as a member of the Toronto Stock Exchange and grew to develop both an international as well as a domestic investment banking business. During this period, the firm was involved with many public and private transactions including underwriting, whereby, in certain transactions, they were co- managers with firms such as Oppenheimer, Lehman, Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette, and others including those deals they may have originated and syndicated which included (but not limited to) Conseco, Air Methods, Closure Medical, Brightpoint (Wholesale Cellular), and others. The investment banking company had robust growth and by 2001/2002, the firm had approximately 400 employees domestically and internationally.
During the next 15 years, Martin and Steven focused their interests on direct investments as a manager and/or principal. Through various managed entities, both family-related, and unrelated, they made direct or controlling investments in either debt or equity into numerous businesses including (but not limited to) Calgon, which was eventually sold to Yellow Wood Partners, Lev Pharma, which was acquired by Viropharma, Viactiv which was purchased from Johnson and Johnson and then sold to Texas Pacific Group, and Gourmet Dining which was acquired through a structured transaction into a newly formed entity, Frozen Food Partners, after it fell into distress. This distress led to a restructuring opportunity, which resulted in an entity managed by him and his brother now controlling the entire business through Frozen Food Partners.
To further expand this platform, a Frozen Foods Partners, subsidiary, negotiated a strategic alliance with Hain Celestial to manage and hold a majority interest in Rosetto Foods, LLC., which has a license for the Rosetto brand of frozen Italian foods, adding significant revenues to the overall Frozen Foods business.
Separately, Marty and his wife launched a branded food start-up to capitalize on the surging trends in the natural, healthy, better for you food space, Just Real Foods in 2014.
INVESTOR • ENTREPRENEUR • PORTFOLIO MANAGER
While clearly an experienced executive with knowledge in many areas of finance, investment s, capital structure and management/operations of basic business, Marty has continued to pursue compelling opportunities. These opportunities, coupled with his passion for performance, and in locating interesting situations, has led him to focus on certain specific areas including the food space. A healthy lifestyle drove him to consume low processed foods in his personal nutritional regimen. His ambitious drive and a keen eye at spotting trends as well as talent, has continued to provide fuel for his thinking while he continues to manage and purse various business endeavors . Here, he continues to rely on his core ethics, common sense, thinking outside the box, and his interest to innovate.
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: