Martin Ventures Re-launches; Adds Executive Leadership

Expansion and New Branding Initiative Aligns with Company’s Focus on Investing in Disruptive Health Care and Technology Solutions

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--()--Martin Ventures (formerly The Martin Companies) announced today that it has recently expanded executive leadership and unveiled a new corporate brand for the organization that reflects a shift in the company’s operating philosophy. The new name and branding initiative better aligns the company’s name with its strategy and vision. Charles N. Martin, Jr., who recently served as Chairman and CEO of Vanguard Health Systems, Inc. before its acquisition by Tenet Healthcare Corporation, has joined Martin Ventures in a full time capacity.

“We understand the challenges of the current health care environment and opportunities created by the next generation of health care”

Concurrent with the name change, Martin Ventures is pleased to announce the addition of two well-known industry leaders, Bruce A. Brandes as Managing Director and Stephen R. Collins as Venture Partner. Bruce Brandes has over 25 years of experience in executive management and thought leadership, delivering innovative technologies and services to transform clinical and financial outcomes in health care. Most recently, Bruce has served as EVP of Growth and Innovation for Valence Health Inc., accelerating the industry’s transition into value-based care. Additionally, he helped pioneer the introduction and widespread adoption of mobility in health care and defining mHealth as Chief Strategy Officer at Airstrip Technologies, Inc.

Stephen Collins has extensive management expertise, particularly in developing disruptive technologies in rapidly growing markets. Collins’ experience is wide-ranging, including significant experience in consumer products, online advertising, enterprise software, SaaS – social media and e-commerce. Throughout his career in technology, Stephen has held the titles of Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Information Officer, Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Innovation Officer reflecting his diverse skills and effectiveness as a leader.

“We understand the challenges of the current health care environment and opportunities created by the next generation of health care,” said Charlie Martin. “The additions of Bruce and Stephen to our team position us squarely at the intersection of health care and technology, with unique insight and agility to enable disruptive, entrepreneurial companies to realize transformative market success.”

Further, the Nashville, Tennessee based investment firm has opened additional offices located in Austin, Texas and San Francisco, California. “Our team has several decades of experience in operating and building hospital systems and dramatically improving quality, safety and the patient experience as part of a balanced approach to transforming the delivery of health care,” added Martin. “By locating offices in the technology centers of Austin and San Francisco, we look forward to collaborating with a broader community of entrepreneurs with ideas and innovations that apply integrative approaches that simultaneously improve care, improve health and reduce the cost of health care.”

The organization is also looking to invest in companies that develop new technologies that allow consumers to engage in ways that are faster, more efficient and less costly while also matching unmet need, increasing engagement and harvesting data that can be leveraged for multiple applications. Martin Ventures currently has 15 companies in its portfolio.

About Martin Ventures

Martin Ventures provides capital, operational support and mentoring to assist entrepreneurs who want to be catalysts for change. Focusing primarily on health care and technology initiatives, Martin Ventures’ unique approach allows the leadership of our portfolio companies to more acutely focus on the optimal execution of their vision and strategy while quickly scaling and growing their businesses into successful, profitable organizations.


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Release Summary

Martin Ventures unveils new corporate branding that better aligns with their strategy and vision and announces the addition of Stephen Collins and Bruce Brandes to their leadership team.

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