ACM Capital Partners is a highly experienced financial and operational advisory firm dedicated to leading middle market companies through periods of growth, transition or distress. A team of seasoned professionals, ACM provides companies ranging from $10M – $100M a unique blend of problem solving, leadership, access to capital and financial know how to deliver results, advance bottom lines, and enhance value.
The diverse team of financial, operational, and transactional professionals allows ACM to partner with companies by offering a wide spectrum of solutions, including C-suite leadership, corporate strategic alignment, balance sheet restructuring and recapitalization, as well as mergers & acquisitions.
ACM provides both strategic solutions to successfully guide clients through short- and long-term financial issues and the necessary intellectual, human, and financial capital to ensure effective corporate strategies are executed and desired outcomes are achieved.
ACM Capital Partners was founded in 2008 in Miami, where the company is headquartered, and has additional offices in Denver, Charlotte, Salt Lake City, and Atlanta.
BusinessInterviews.com: What inspired you to launch your business?
Jim Martin: I had been doing turn-around work for a while and in March 2008 I decided that I wanted to help multiple firms at the same time. I created a firm that was able to address the needs of multiple companies across the country and not just one.
BusinessInterviews.com: Do you have any recent success stories that you’d like to share with our readers?
Jim Martin: Sure, we have a medical device company that we stepped in as the senior management three years ago and restored $18M of equity value over a three-year period. So the equity value went from zero to $18M in 3 years.
BusinessInterviews.com: What’s the most exciting thing on the horizon for you/your Company?
Jim Martin: The most exciting thing on the horizon for my company and me is the likely commitment for capital from a Private Equity firm to us. This will enable us to provide short-term bridge financing in a much larger fashion than we have in the past. That is going to help our existing client base both with their short-term capital needs as well as help us buy them time so we can help bridge them to more permanent capital.
BusinessInterviews.com: Have you had any mentors or role models that have influenced you? Describe the impact.
Jim Martin: I really haven’t had one, sadly. I would say it has been an amalgamation of several senior professionals that I have watched in practice and in whom I had a great deal of respect. I observed what they did, how they conducted themselves, everything from the way they dressed to the way they handled issues within their companies, to the way they socialized and I learned every aspect of that.
BusinessInterviews.com: Do you consider yourself successful and by what means do you measure success?
Jim Martin: I consider myself successful when I help companies move from a distressed environment to either a growth or stable environment. If I look at that base the criteria of success on that, I would consider myself extremely successful.
BusinessInterviews.com: How do your competitors view you?
Jim Martin: The competitors view me as having a very unique and diverse skillset that enables us to quickly enter into client’s companies faster than they can.
BusinessInterviews.com: What advice do you have for other entrepreneurs and business owners? What do you wish someone told you?
Jim Martin: I say this to people when I am on planes and in Uber rides and everywhere else, “Don’t give up!”
BusinessInterviews.com: What’s the biggest risk that you’ve ever taken and how did it turn out?
Jim Martin: I would say it is starting my firm in the middle of the great recession and leaving an engagement where the owner said, “either you stay with this engagement full-time or you go start your own firm, but you can’t do both.” So I chose to leave them (and a guaranteed income) and start up my own practice with a 6-month old at home during the great recession. I think it turned out well!
BusinessInterviews.com: Anything else you’d like to comment on while we have you?
Jim Martin: I wish someone told me that I would be successful on my own when I was starting my career. In other words, there is no need to wait 20 years to start your own company, if you have a vision, do it now.
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