As the Managing Partner of Acorn Growth Companies, Rick Nagel leads the strategic direction of the firm and its portfolio assets.
He first served Acorn as an Advisory Board Member and in 2004 joined as a partner, launching the firm¹s private equity practice.
has led and is responsible for the current geographic footprint, fund operations, fundraising activity, investment deal generation, portfolio integrations and company performance improvement initiatives.
Prior to joining Acorn, Nagel served as a managing director and member of the operating team of Los Angeles-based Platinum Equity, where he led several revitalization and transformation strategies that spanned high growth enterprises and successful turnarounds.
In this capacity, he
managed and helped lead several companies in Platinum¹s information technology and telecommunications portfolio, which included DCA Services
, Matrix Telecommunications, and numerous bolt-on acquisitions.
He joined DCA in 1995 before WorldCom divested it to Platinum in 1997 and was named
president of DCA
Nagel is a current member of the Board of Governors for the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), the Oklahoma Aerospace Association, and the US Air Force Association.
He serves on the Board of Directors for the State Chamber of Oklahoma, is involved with numerous civic organizations, locally and nationally, and is the state president of the Oklahoma Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs.
is the treasurer for US Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK, Appropriations & Rules), a position he
also served for former US Congressman JC Watts.
Nagel is also a former Finance Chairman for the Oklahoma Republican Party.
A Phillips 66 Scholar, Nagel holds a B.S. degree from the University of Oklahoma's College of Engineering in Environmental Science.
wife and their three children reside in Norman, Oklahoma.