BlackArch Partners Announces Promotion of Gordie Vap to Managing Director

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BlackArch Partners is pleased to announce that Gordie Vap has been promoted to Managing Director.

BlackArch Partners, a prominent middle-market investment bank offering a full spectrum of advisory services, is pleased to announce that Gordie Vap has been promoted to Managing Director.

Mr. Vap is a founder of BlackArch Partners and heads the firm’s Aerospace, Defense and Government Services industry practice. He has spent the last seventeen years in the Aerospace, Defense and Government services industry both as an investment banker focused on middle-market mergers and acquisitions and as an Air Force pilot. Over the course of his investment banking career, Mr. Vap has advised more than twenty-five middle-market businesses.

Notable transactions led by Mr. Vap include the sale of Tex Tech to Shoreview Industries and the sale of Machine Lab to Milestone Partners. He also advised Xe Services (formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide, now known as ACADEMI) on its sale to USTC Holdings, LLC, the sale of Xe’s subsidiary, Aviation Worldwide Services, to AAR Corp. and the sale of CEF Industries, Inc., to TransDigm Group.

Prior to founding BlackArch, Mr. Vap served as an officer at Edgeview Partners, a leading middle-market investment bank based in Charlotte.

Before beginning his business career, Mr. Vap was a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, flying A-10 “Warthogs” for eight years. During his service, he qualified as an instructor pilot, forward air controller and combat search and rescue pilot, flying in the Republic of Korea and in support of Operation Southern Watch in Iraq.

Mr. Vap earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, graduating with high honors. In addition, Mr. Vap is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.

He lives with his wife, two sons and daughter in Charlotte.

About BlackArch Partners
BlackArch Partners is a leading middle-market investment bank offering a full spectrum of advisory services to financial sponsors, private companies and diversified corporations. BlackArch addresses the needs of entrepreneurs, founders and shareholders of private companies with specialized services that include M&A advisory, strategic advisory and private capital solutions. Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, with offices in Houston, TX, BlackArch features a total of 12 industry-focused practices that cover all sectors of interest to middle-market investors; BlackArch professionals have closed over 300 transactions in 16 countries on four continents. Please visit our website,, for more details.

Securities offered through BlackArch Securities LLC. Member FINRA and SIPC.

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