CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Prior to co-founding Infinity Helicopter Leasing LLC in January 2014 and Hawke Aerospace Group in 2007, Hawke was General Partner of Meridian Venture Partners and MVP II, Radnor, Pennsylvania where he was a Senior Member of the investment team for a firm with $200+ million cumulative capital under management. He was instrumental in redirecting the investment strategy towards middle market buyouts with deep industry access. Joe was active on 7 portfolio company Boards and Chairman of 3. Hawke was responsible for
- Innovating the aerospace investment practice at MVP, beginning with Keystone Helicopter Corporation in 2002. He completed a 2nd acquisition Composite Technology Inc. (CTI, based in Grand Prairie, TX) in 2004, then combined Keystone and CTI to prepare for sale. Executed successful stock sale to Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation in December 2005.
- Negotiating the acquisition of Air Evac Lifeteam which closed in July 2004 with a majority equity co-investment from Brockway Moran & Partners. Then Hawke led to formation of Air Medical Group Holdings along with a series of acquisitions of related air medical Part 135 flight operations (Critical Air Medicine, Southwest Helicopters, Med-Trans, et al). Bain Capital acquired Air Medical Group for approximately $1Billion in August 2010.
- Hawke took on the role of acting CEO to lead the turnaround of Boston-based managed care services company MCMC, then recruited new industry veteran CEO. Hawke then made a total of 9 acquisitions including platform investment, and rose over $20 million in senior credit facilities and $9 million of subordinated debt.
- From May 1999 – September 2001 Hawke was Partner and Co-Founder, NewSpring Ventures, L.P., Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, a $90+ million venture capital firm.
Joe began his career in Commercial Banking and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree (finance concentration) from Temple University Graduate School of Business and Management, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree (philosophy major) from Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania.