ERC Names Federal Contracting Industry Leader Craig Reed to Advisory Board

Huntsville, Ala., Nov. 18, 2021 – ERC, LLC, a leading provider of advanced engineering, technology and consulting solutions for the defense and space communities, today announced that federal contracting industry leader Craig Reed has joined its Board of Advisors.

Craig Reed

“Craig is an important addition to the ERC family,” said Ernie Wu, CEO of ERC. “He has been instrumental in helping companies grow both organically and through acquisition across our industry, and his expertise and experience will be tremendous assets as we continue to move forward and execute on our ‘Advantage Delivered’ mantra for customers throughout the defense and space industries.”  

Over his nearly 40-year career in government contracting, Reed has worked extensively across the defense, space and intelligence, and government services markets in growth, strategy, corporate development, and executive leadership roles. He is founder and president of Growth Strategy Leaders LLC. Reed previously served as president and chief growth officer of Altamira Technologies and held leadership roles at Serco, NT Concepts, Engility, DynCorp International, Northrop Grumman, CSP Associates and Lockheed Martin. He also served as senior policy advisor and executive director of the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board at the U.S. Department of Energy.

“This is an exciting time for ERC as it is advancing its growth strategy and I am thrilled to join the team to support its continued journey of expansion,” said Reed. “Our industry is evolving quickly to address the expanding and highly critical mission needs of our government customers, and I look forward to collaborating with ERC’s dynamic leadership as the company continues to deliver best-in-class services to federal agencies and broaden its support to customers through strategic acquisitions.”

ERC’s broad range of solutions includes software development, cybersecurity, mission support, modeling and simulation, research and development, systems engineering, and test and evaluation. Examples of ERC’s industry leading performance include developing software for military customer mission planning, providing network and cybersecurity services for defense customers including prime contractors, and delivering comprehensive solutions for space operations, including systems engineering, technical support and qualifications testing for launch systems.

Reed holds a Ph.D. in public policy with a concentration in national security studies from George Washington University, a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University, a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Albany and completed the Oxford Management Programme at Saïd Business School at Oxford University. 

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About ERC

ERC is a leading provider of mission-critical engineering, technical and consulting services to the space and defense markets. For over 30 years, ERC has worked closely with such customers as the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA and other high-tech governmental entities on missions of national importance. ERC’s solutions combine precise engineering, innovative technologies, deep subject-matter expertise, firsthand mission understanding, and long-term customer knowledge to deliver the critical advantage needed to solve critical challenges. ERC’s 2,000 employees share a collaborative culture built on commitment, integrity, teamwork, respect, and uncompromising performance, which enables best-in-class service and solutions for the company’s customers. For more information, go to www.erc.us. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

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ERC Positions for Growth Supporting Defense and Space Mission Success

Company promises government customers an “Advantage Delivered” through broad range of unbiased, technical solutions and consulting expertise.

Huntsville, Ala., Nov. 9, 2021 – ERC, LLC, a leading provider of advanced engineering, technology and consulting solutions for defense and space communities, today introduced a new website, logo and brand promise of “advantage delivered” highlighting the company’s intense commitment to serving its government and industry customers’ mission-critical needs. For more than 30 years, ERC has been delivering the advantage needed to solve its customers’ and the nation’s toughest challenges. The company’s leading-edge services enhance readiness, optimize performance, and help ensure mission success in the air, on the ground, and in space. The firm’s rebranding initiative is a key part of its strategic plan for growth, supported by its partnership with private equity firm Brightstar Capital Partners, with whom it entered agreement in May.

“We understand that our defense and space industry customers operate in a dynamic environment, and we are positioning our organization to best meet their changing needs,” said Ernie Wu, CEO of ERC. “The industry is confronted by many challenges, including a shifting geopolitical landscape that requires a strengthening and modernization of defense capabilities, a space sector that is being reshaped by innovation and commercialization, and the emergence of cybersecurity as a vital issue for the defense-industrial sector. We are trusted advisors to our customers, ready, willing and able to help them meet these and future challenges and look forward to continuing to collaborate in support of their ongoing mission success.”   

ERC’s broad range of solutions includes software development, cybersecurity, mission support, modeling and simulation, research and development, systems engineering, and test and evaluation – a portfolio that is showcased on its new website under Capabilities.

The new ERC corporate website home page featuring the “Advantage Delivered” messaging.

Throughout its three-decade history, the ERC team has gained extensive experience in supporting a wide range of defense and space missions. Examples of ERC’s industry leading performance include supporting the U.S. Air Force to develop software for mission planning, providing network and cybersecurity services for customers including prime defense industry contractors and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, and delivering comprehensive solutions for NASA, including systems engineering, technical support and qualifications testing for the Space Launch System.

“Our new Advantage Delivered mantra represents the value proposition embodied in our wide array of solutions and the dedication of our talented team,” added Wu. “As a best place to work in government industry, ERC team members are motivated by a collaborative, people-centric culture, which stands at the center of everything we do for our customers.”

ERC’s legacy of excellence, innovation, responsiveness and integrity was established in 1988 by Y.C.L. Susan Wu, the company’s founding Chairperson and CEO. An early aerospace engineering and government services industry pioneer, she was the first woman to be awarded a Ph.D. in Aeronautical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. Wu’s dynamic spirit and vision are being carried forward by her son who now serves as ERC CEO.

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About ERC

ERC is a leading provider of mission-critical engineering, technical and consulting services to the space and defense markets. For over 30 years, ERC has worked closely with such customers as the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA and other high-tech governmental entities on missions of national importance. ERC’s solutions combine precise engineering, innovative technologies, deep subject-matter expertise, firsthand mission understanding, and long-term customer knowledge to deliver the critical advantage needed to solve critical challenges. ERC’s 2,000 employees share a collaborative culture built on commitment, integrity, teamwork, respect, and uncompromising performance, which enables best-in-class service and solutions for the company’s customers. For more information, go to www.erc.us. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Brightstar Capital Partners Acquires Majority Stake in ERC, a Leading Provider of Mission Critical Engineering and Consulting Services

New York and Huntsville, AL, May 11, 2021Brightstar Capital Partners (“Brightstar”), a private equity firm focused on partnering with families, founders, entrepreneurs and management teams, announced today that it has acquired a majority stake in Engineering Research and Consulting, Inc., (“ERC” or the “Company”), in partnership with the Company’s owner and senior management team. Terms of the private transaction were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Huntsville, AL, ERC is a leading provider of mission critical engineering and consulting services to the US Department of Defense, NASA and other high-tech governmental entities. The Company’s 2,200 employees nationwide provide advanced military and space research and development; test and evaluation; operations and maintenance; and IT, software, and network administration services.

The investment continues Brightstar’s track record of partnering with family-owned businesses. ERC was founded in 1988 by the late Dr. Y.C.L. Susan Wu, the first woman to be awarded a Ph.D. in Aeronautical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. Her son, Dr. Ernie Wu, will continue as Board Chair and CEO of the Company.

“We are impressed with ERC’s capabilities and culture and see enormous potential for growth in the dynamic and fragmented government services and technology industry,” said Michael Singer, a Managing Director at Brightstar. “Through accelerated investment in operational capabilities, as well as a focus on strategic acquisitions, we are confident that Ernie and the talented team at ERC will continue to provide best-in-class capabilities and services.”

“As we got to know the Brightstar team, it quickly became clear that they share our values and care deeply about our team and the culture we’ve created,” said Dr. Wu. “We will rely on their operational experience and capital resources as we begin a new and exciting chapter in our Company’s history.”

“We look forward to enhancing ERC’s already proven ability to deliver mission critical systems engineering and technical assistance services,” said Reidar Brekke, a Partner at Brightstar. “Our team has a great deal of relevant expertise with high-tech and government services businesses and is proud to be partnering with a business founded by a groundbreaking pioneer like Dr. Susan Wu.”

About ERC

Headquartered in Huntsville, AL, ERC is a leading provider of mission critical engineering and consulting services to the US Department of Defense, NASA and other high-tech governmental entities. The Company’s 2,200 employees nationwide provide advanced military and space research and development; test and evaluation; operations and maintenance; and IT, software, and network administration services. ERC was founded in 1988 by the late Dr. Susan Wu, the first woman to be awarded a Ph.D. in Aeronautical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and continues to be led by her son, Dr. Ernie Wu. For more information, please visit www.erc-incorporated.com

About Brightstar Capital Partners

Brightstar Capital Partners is a private equity firm focused on partnering with exceptional families, founders, entrepreneurs and management teams where the firm is ideally positioned to drive value creation. Brightstar employs an operationally intensive approach that leverages its extensive experience and relationship network to help companies reach their full potential. For more information, please visit www.brightstarcp.com.

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