Having supervised the turnaround of over 100 US and international corporations, ranging from airlines to high tech barcode printers, Marv Davis is one of the most experienced corporate crisis managers in the world. He wrote Turnaround, the standard how-to manual on returning businesses to profitability, and he created the tape series The Profit Prescription. His most recent tape series is entitled The Turnaround Formula.
He has chaired the boards of Simplicity Patterns Corporation, Datamax Corporation, and Folger Adams Corporation. Marv has also served as director of numerous corporations including Petrowax Corporation, Reliacast Corp., Northwest Pipe Corporation, Crown Craft Corp., Fairlanes Corp. Cherokee Corp., and Canesco Corp. He serves on the international advisory board of Angus and Coote, Australia’s largest retail jewelry chain, as well as the advisory board of Viridian Partners and Z Axis Corporation.
Most recently Marv acted as CRO in the bankruptcies of Johnston Industries a $250 mm textiles company and Pinnacle Towers, a $300 mm transmission tower REIT. Both cases were concluded successfully.
In addition to crisis management activities, Mr. Davis maintains an active due diligence practice assessing new acquisitions and advising investment-banking firms on the disposal of existing portfolio companies. Current and past clients include Adler & Shaykin, Interven Partners, Boston Ventures Group, Advent International Corp., Aurora Capital Partners, Polaris Capital, Plant Resource Venture Group, and Liberty Partners. Marv has also provided litigation support in a number of high profile cases as an expert witness.
Marv holds a BS degree in chemical engineering and a MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to joining GGG in 1983, he was Vice President of non-insurance operations for Sentry Insurance; CEO of Reed Industries; Executive Vice President and COO of Good Hope Industries, a $700 million integrated petroleum driller, refiner, and marketer; a group controller at Pfizer Pharmaceutical Corp.; and a product manager with Shell Oil Company.
He has spoken before The National Association of Manufacturers, The Young Presidents’ Organization, The Financial Executives Institute, The Executive Committee, The National Association of Corporate Directors and The Turnaround Management Association as well as many trade associations. He has also authored or appeared in articles for the American Management Association, Business Week, Wall Street Journal, CEO Magazine, TMA Management Newsletter, and American Way Magazine among others. Marv has appeared as a guest on Bloomberg Radio and Television and CNBC. He has conducted business globally with direct experience in Mexico, Canada, Japan, Germany, China, Malaysia, Australia, France, and the United Kingdom.