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David Lewis


Serving as senior advisor, David Lewis is responsible for identifying and managing direct investment opportunities across the aerospace, defense, and intelligence sectors for Acorn.

Lewis was previously co-founder and chief operating officer of Stability Holdings, helping build the production agriculture company from concept to a 150-employee strong workforce and an $88 million cash and stock exit in under four years. Prior to co-founding Stability, Lewis held a 17-year career with Express Employment Professionals where he guided global expansion strategy as vice president of franchising; helping the organization exceed $3.5 billion in annual revenue across 800 international locations. Lewis also served on the corporate development team and as board member of a portfolio company of Express.

With a passion and talent for spotting trends, David has backed 20 startups as an angel investor, counting numerous successful exits, including one “unicorn” valued at over $1 billion, with thousands of new jobs created while driving disruption of legacy industries.

An effective communicator, Lewis has been called a “high achiever” by Money magazine and has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Inc magazine, USA Today, and Entrepreneur among many others. As the Amazon best-selling author of The Emerging Leader: Eight Lessons for Life in Leadership, he is passionate about building purpose driven organizations. Lewis is also a three-time bipartisan public sector appointee, providing expertise on economic development and regulatory matters.

Lewis earned an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York City, a second MBA from London Business School in the United Kingdom, and a B.S. in Business from Southern Nazarene University. He is a lifetime member of MENSA, the international high IQ society and has been featured in two documentary films.