Marvin Karlow




Marvin Karlow is a former small business owner, large-company C-suite executive, and equity investor. Prior to joining Raincatcher, Marvin bought, operated, and exited several businesses including an e-commerce retailer in the sporting goods vertical and a manufacturing services provider in the metal finishing space. The latter was carved out of a distressed PE portfolio in 2014, rehabilitated, merged to form a super-regional player, and finally acquired in 2019 by AZZ, Inc [NYSE:AZZ]. Earlier in his career, Marvin held various leadership positions with LexisNexis, ChoicePoint, JPMorganChase and Texas Instruments where he developed successful business units, teams, products and services in multiple industries including retail, business services, manufacturing, enterprise software, financial technology, insurance, and healthcare.

Marvin has been directly involved in numerous M&A transactions as either the buyer or the seller, with deal sizes ranging from large public corporation transactions to smaller, private deals using his own capital. Through these experiences, Marvin realized that many small business owners were poorly represented when exiting their businesses and, as a result, were failing to receive the full value of the enterprises they had built. Marvin developed a passion for leveraging his M&A experience to assist business owners to exit their companies on the best possible terms.


Marvin holds a PhD in Physics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and BS degrees in Mathematics and Physics from Loma Linda University, and received one of 100 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships awarded nationally in 1990. Marvin lives in Dallas, TX; is married with one daughter; and is passionate about triathlon, long-distance hiking, and other endurance sports.

Favorite part of working at Raincatcher:

I enjoy meeting business owners, learning about the companies they have built, and assisting them in executing a successful exit. I was very fortunate with my own exits and my work at RainCatcher gives me the opportunity to ‘pay it forward’ which is very rewarding.