As published in Nashville Post, September 22, 2014
By Emily Kubis
Local investment firm The Martin Companies has rebranded as Martin Ventures, added two new executives and expanded its national presence with two offices in Austin, Texas, and San Francisco.
Vanguard Health Systems founder and former CEO and chairman Charles Martin Jr. has joined the firm full-time as CEO, chairman and managing director -- essentially the same roles he held at The Martin Companies. Additionally, the firm has hired Bruce Brandes as managing director and Stephen Collins as venture partner.
Brandes was previously the executive vice president of growth and innovation for Valence Health Inc. and also served as chief strategy officer of Airstrip Technologies. Collins has a background in technology and has held board positions at iCitizen, Mediaspectrum and Moontoast as well as executive positions at Natchez Advisors, Juris and DoubleClick.
"We understand the challenges of the current health care environment and opportunities created by the next generation of health care," Martin said in a release. "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."
Martin Ventures currently has 15 companies in its portfolio, eight of which are based in Nashville. Among those are Populr.me, Shareable Ink and Healthcare Bluebook.