Ranger Partners Group, LLC

Ranger Partners

Current & Past Active Partners:

Steve Townes
Mr. Townes, a well-known entrepreneur in the aerospace services arena, is President, CEO and a Director of Ranger Aerospace. He has held several CEO positions, notably ASIG, one of the largest independent airfield services companies in the aviation industry, and Keystone Helicopter, which Ranger grew to become one of the largest rotorcraft operations in the US, and Ranger International in government technical services. In 2014 he launched yet another consolidation platform, Ranger AeroSystems, Inc. Townes began his distinguished aerospace career at LTV Aerospace & Defense in Dallas TX, and became known as a "turnaround artist" as the officer level transition leader at Dee Howard Aerospace, Sabreliner, and Stevens Aviation. He is an engineering graduate of West Point. Townes earned the coveted Eisenhower Award upon graduation there. He also holds an MBA from Long Island University and completed the PMD program at Harvard Business School. (more)

Bill Jacobson
A former president of Triumph Group Aerostructures, senior executive with Honeywell Aerospace, Allied Signal Aerospace, Lycoming, and Air New Zealand's complete MRO segment. CEO, Allied Aerospace Industries, Inc., President, AlliedSignal Aero Services-Germany. BE-Metallurgical Engineering, Dartmouth College and 41 Years in Industry; 22 years as C-level leader, strong focus in manufacturing, MRO, and engineering.

Edward Bolden
Ed Bolden is Vice President for Operations Development in Ranger Aerospace & Aeronautics, Inc. He holds undergraduate degree in engineering from Cal-Poly (California Polytechnic Institute) and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. He is a licensed CPA in Texas, with over 30 years of financial and aerospace experience. Prior to joining Ranger Partners, he was President & CEO of Heritage Aviation Ltd., and earlier President of Premier Helicopters.

Adjunct Partners:

George Schwartz
Mr. Schwartz is CEO of TIOGA Capital and a San Diego CA biomedical start-up, but was formerly the non-executive Chairman of ASIG, Ranger's large airfield services consolidation. He was instrumental in Ranger's first big capital raise and independent ASIG venture. He holds an MBA from Dartmouth, and undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt, and prior to his private equity experiences, he was an officer with Drexel Burnham Lambert in New York and CT, and a senior investment officer with a special unit of Bass Brothers Enterprises.

Bill McLendon
McLendon is the CEO of Perot Aerospace, and former Chief Operating Officer of Ranger Intl Services Group. He is a Rhodes Scholar and was the #1 graduate from the US Air Force Academy. In his distinguished aviation career, he has been CEO of JetCorp, VP-Operations for "ASIG" (Aircraft Service Intl Group, a former Ranger venture), and a General Manager in Stevens Aviation and ATS Aerospace.

Jeffrey Hartman
Hartman is Chief Financial Officer of Perot Aerospace. Formerly Exec VP and Chief Financial Officer of Ranger Intl Services Group, Inc. Prior to re-joining Ranger, he was CFO of Sentient Jets, a 200-aircraft corporate jet operator and FBO chain that accomplished 10 acquisitions in less than 5 years. Hartman was also CFO with Aircraft Service Intl Group Inc ("ASIG"). Joined Ranger from Signature Flight Support where he was Vice President of Finance. Auditor with KPMG. Hartman is a Certified Public Accountant who received both a Master's Degree in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration from Northeastern University in Boston.

Mike Bashlor
Bashlor is President of Meridian Aviation Consulting, and was formerly President of a Ranger portfolio company.

Mark Crumblish
A Naval Academy graduate, Crumblish participated in a previous Ranger venture, and is now a senior executive with Lockheed.

Tom Donegan
Mr. Donegan, with 40 years in aerospace, is a Wharton MBA and engineering undergrad who began his distinguished career at Pan Am. He is now Chairman and CEO of Aviation Finance International LLC, an investment advisory and consulting group specialized in aerospace M&A and private equity investments.

Andrew Eros
Eros is a 25 year executive and entrepreneur in Aerospace and Technology. He is founder and CEO of Ranger Precision Group, a new consolidation in the aerospace component and assembly manufacturing sector.

Joe Featherston
Featherston is the CEO and Founder of Nova Advisory Group, an aerospace consulting firm.  With a long background in the US Marine Corps, Featherston is an expert on Pentagon programs of all types, as well as TQM, LEAN, and other valuable consulting methods.

James Ferrara
An officer in two former Ranger ventures, Ferrara is an honors graduate of West Point and is an expert in IT Systems, post-merger integration, security programs, and facilities construction/planning.

Robert Ferrucci
Ferrucci is a former officer in a Ranger enterprise, where he performed business process improvements, ISO 9000 initiatives, engineering management, and built huge new modernized facilities (the “Keystone Heliplex”). He is an engineering graduate of Penn State University.

Rob Holmes
As CEO of Black Knight Partners LP, Holmes is a buyout and turnaround expert. He is a West Point graduate with an MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Tom Lark
Lark is an aviation services expert with a strong focus on helicopters and MRO. As a former officer in a Ranger-owned company, he is skilled at takeovers and buyouts, employing LEAN and TQM Program Management methods to improve operations from the shop floor, up. He is an honors graduate of West Point, and a Duke MBA.

Robert Losik
Senior professor of business management at Univ of New Hampshire, and a long-time advisor to Ranger Aerospace. Former senior officer on the West Point faculty.

Bruce Nobles
A top executive for past 35 years in the airlines industry.

Mark Ozenick
A 34-year friend of Ranger Aerospace, Ozenick is CEO of a midlle market aerospace MRO firm. Background includes LTV Aerospace, Lucas Aerospace, DynCorp, and HeliFlite Shares.

Michael Rigg
Top partner with Operations Associates LLC, a firm that has previously done important productivity projects for Ranger subsidiaries. An honors graduate of West Point with a strong background from Michelin USA.

Ron Rubin
A former CFO in a Ranger venture, Rubin is a long-standing financial expert in the industry, having also been CFO of Galaxy Aerospace, Bell Agusta Aerospace, and other large scale organizations.

Rick Sine
Sine is a former top executive with UPS-Airlines, the air division of UPS. He helped build that as the fastest-grown air cargo operation in the world. He is an Air Force Academy graduate.

Phil Head
VP-Finance with Lockheed AeroMod, Martin Marietta, and DynCorp International.

Darryl Smith
Smith is CEO of Fidelis Capital LLC, a private equity buyout and turnaround company. An honors graduate of the US Naval Academy, Smith also earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Edward J. Wegel
Ed Wegel has spent the past 27 years in the airline/airline finance industries, a West Point grad.

Robert Zoller
A top executive for the past 30 years in the airlines industry.

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