Shifting dynamics in the aerospace industry – continuing globalization of the OEM supplier base, introduction of new commercial platforms, and record commercial order backlogs – make it an opportune time for industry shareholders and executives to review strategic and transaction alternatives. Increased globalization provides additional transaction catalysts as firms seek to supply multiple OEMs and establish beachheads in strategic markets. When considering an investment bank for a potential aerospace or manufacturing transaction, access to global markets is critical. Over the last 12 months, more than 80 aerospace supplier transactions were announced, making aerospace one of the most active M&A markets. Meridian Capital has a history of operating and transaction experience in aerospace. Meridian’s dedicated Aerospace Team has deep relationships with strategic buyers and private equity firms throughout the industry.

Currently engaged in multiple cross-border and domestic aerospace and manufacturing assignments, Meridian’s professionals have a strong understanding of the strategic opportunities available to industry participants. As regional aerospace transaction activity remains strong, Meridian welcomes the opportunity to discuss industry trends and your potential options.

Aerospace Contacts

  • Brian Murphy

    Brian Murphy

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    Brian Murphy is a Managing Director at Meridian Capital and leads the firm’s niche manufacturing / aerospace and defense group.  Joining Meridian in 2006, Brian manages the firm’s transaction execution activities.  He has nearly 10 years of M&A, finance, and strategic consulting experience, working with clients across a variety of industries throughout his career.  In particular, he has a strong transaction background in the niche manufacturing, aerospace, and branded consumer products industries.  Prior to Meridian, Brian was a management consultant with Accenture Consulting in Washington, DC and New York.  At Accenture, he worked with multiple Fortune 100 companies on issues related to  revenue assurance, sales and process enhancement, and system integration. 

    Brian is a graduate of the University of Redlands, where he earned a double major in financial economics and accounting in addition to a minor in mathematics.  He currently serves as President-elect of the University’s Alumni Board of Directors as well as a member of the Board of Trustees.

  • Mark Mennella

    Mark Mennella

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    Mark Mennella joined Meridian Capital as a senior advisor in 2007. Previously, he was with Stanley Garage Door for seven years where he served as CFO and then president. During his tenure, annual revenues grew from $2M to $14M per year prior to being acquired by a strategic buyer. Additionally, Mark spent two years managing and evaluating potential divestiture opportunities for Coastcraft, Inc., a manufacturer of custom wood doors and windows. In 1990, Mark purchased ZMAN Magnetics, an electronic coils, transformers and inductors manufacturer, and served as President and CEO for 14 years. Prior to selling ZMAN to a private equity firm in 2004, the Company achieved 600% sales growth under Mark’s leadership.

    Mark earned a BA in Business Administration at the University of Washington and received an MBA from Seattle University.