Martin Okner

Martin Okner

Co-Founder and Managing Director, SHM Corporate Navigators

With a total of 20 years of experience in branded consumer goods, Martin has created and developed strategic plans in marketing, channel development, and business lifecycle management to grow middle market companies through proven methodologies and through mergers and acquisitions. In the middle market and with companies such as Revlon, Cadbury and Philip Morris, his strategies have generated over $2.5 billion of incremental value across many iconic brands.
In 2010, he co-founded SHM Corporate Navigators™, a corporate advisory and merchant banking firm to enable middle market companies, family businesses, and portfolio companies of private equity firms to further differentiate themselves in the market and grow by integrating and enhancing their financial, marketing, operational, and channel performance, and providing the capital necessary to achieve these results. He has advised private equity and alternative asset management firms on investment targets and on transactions with Fossil, Timberland, Hanesbrands, Helen of Troy, and Wet Seal.
Martin also has been an active member of the ACG Global Public Policy Committee for over three years. He has met with multiple congressional leaders, regulatory agencies, and their staffers to help fulfill the organization’s mandate to support policymakers in crafting legislation and regulatory policies that positively impact the middle market and ACG members. Specifically, Martin advocates for public policies that foster and incentivize private capital formation and investment in middle-market companies.
Martin holds an MBA from Fordham University Graduate School of Business Administration in Corporate Finance, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science (Minor, Business Administration) from Seton Hall University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor teaching various business classes focused on strategy at Fordham Graduate School of Business Administration and Parsons, The New School for Design.