8Jun 2011

Marcum Cronus Partners LLC is pleased to announce the success of our fourth Aerospace and Defense Breakfast Forum. The event, one in a series of events covering the sector, was held today at Yarde Metals’ headquarters in Southington, Connecticut and attracted a wide audience of aerospace and defense companies, as well as firms in the banking and legal community affiliated with the industry.

Joseph H. Lubenstein, Marcum Cronus Partners Director, Aerospace and Defense, presented a snapshot of the financial markets and A&D sector performance. Peter Bunce, the President and Chief Executive Officer of GAMA, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, spoke on “The State of the General Aviation Manufacturing Industry.” The presentations were followed by a tour of the Yarde Metals facilities.

Peter (Pete) Bunce was named the 2007 Aviation Industry Leader of the Year by the Living Legends of Aviation, awarded the ICAS Sword of Excellence (the air show industry’s premier annual award) in 2009, and was inducted as one of the 70 Living Legends of Aviation in 2010. He travels worldwide engaging regulators, policy makers and elected officials to promote general aviation and advance the interests of GAMA’s international membership of more than 65 airframe, avionics, engine and component manufacturers (www.gama.aero).

Mr. Bunce retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2005, with his last assignment as the Director of the Air Force Congressional Budget and Appropriations Liaison. During a 26-year Air Force career, he flew F-15s and A-10s, while commanding several large operational fighter units. An honor graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Mr. Bunce received his master’s degree in International Affairs from Troy State University and was an International Affairs Fellow at Harvard University. He is an active pilot with more than 5,700 hours in military fighter and training aircraft as well as civil piston, turboprop and business jet aircraft. Mr. Bunce serves on the board of directors of Veterans Airlift Command, the International Council of Airshows, the Aviation Accreditation Board International and Build a Plane.

About Marcum Cronus Partners

Advising on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, sales, and private placement financings, Marcum Cronus Partners provides financial advisory and investment banking services. The clients of the firm are publicly traded or privately owned companies that engage in middle-market transactions domestically or internationally. Marcum Cronus services are distinguished by a disciplined evaluation of client objectives and competencies and a commitment to the successful execution of strategic corporate transactions. A member of the Marcum Group, the firm is an affiliate of Marcum LLP, one of the largest independent public accounting and advisory services firms in the U.S. (with 23 offices and over 1,100 professionals).

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