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Torch Technologies Promotes Watson to President and CEO as Roark Moves into Starfish Holdings CEO Role

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January 03, 2019
Torch Technologies Promotes Watson to President and CEO as Roark Moves into Starfish Holdings CEO Role

Huntsville, AL – January 3, 2019:

Torch Technologies, Inc. (Torch) recently announced that its Board of Directors has promoted John Watson from President to President and CEO effective January 1, 2019. Concurrent with this move, Torch Co-Founder and CEO, Bill Roark, has completed the planned transition into his role as CEO of Starfish Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Torch Technologies, Inc. and other Starfish holdings.

Watson has served as President of Torch since 2013 and will be the President and CEO with this promotion. This transition has occurred over the past two years, with Roark moving away from his full-time involvement with Torch and towards leadership of the Starfish Holdings enterprise.

“We have selected a strong, proven leader for Torch at a time when Torch is in a very strong position as a rapidly growing employee-owned small business,” said Co-Founder Bill Roark. “Since John became President in 2013, he has continually grown the company in multiple locations, broadening both our capabilities and solutions. We have full confidence that John will continue to move the company forward, capitalizing on the opportunities in front of us, and will lead the company in the best interest of our employee-owners.”

Watson joined Torch in 2009 as Vice President of Corporate Development before assuming the President role in 2013. “I joined Torch in 2009 because I wanted to be a part of a company that not only had an established reputation within the community and with customers for its ethics and values, but also had vast possibilities for growth and innovation,” said Watson. “Today it is even more clear to me that Torch is that company. I am honored that Bill and the Torch Board have placed their faith in me to continue to lead Torch in this capacity.”

About Starfish Holdings: Starfish Holdings is the parent company for Torch Technologies, Inc.

About Torch Technologies: Founded in October 2002, Torch Technologies, Inc. (Torch) is a 100% employee-owned small business dedicated to quality technical services, competitive costs and ethical business practices. Torch has received both national and local recognition for its business performance, workplace environment, and ethical business practices. Most recently, in 2018, Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine named Torch a Best Medium Workplace for the third consecutive year and named Torch one of the country's Best Workplaces in Consulting & Professional Services for the third consecutive year. Additionally, Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine also named Torch one of the country's Best Workplaces for Millennials in 2018. Torch was also recognized as the 2018 ESOP Company of the Year by the New South Chapter of The ESOP Association. Torch was also ranked in the Inc. 5000 list for the twelfth consecutive year in 2018. Additionally, Torch was named a winner of the 2018 Best Places to Work in Huntsville award, marking Torch’s fifth time to receive this honor, with previous wins in 2017, 2016, 2012, and 2008. Washington Technology also listed Torch in its annual “Top 100” Government Contractors ranking for the fourth consecutive year in 2018, and Bloomberg Government listed Torch in its annual “Top 200” ranking for the second consecutive year in 2018. Torch was also ranked #11 on the Entrepreneur 360 list in 2018, ranking #16 in 2017. In 2016, Torch was named one of America’s Best Small Companies by Forbes. In 2015, Torch won the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Business Ethics in the North Alabama Region for the 3rd time, also winning in 2009 and 2005. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.TorchTechnologies.com

About John Watson: John Watson has served as president of Torch Technologies, Inc. (Torch) since November of 2013 and prior to being named president, Mr. Watson served as Torch's vice president of corporate development and program manager for the Scalable Simulation Program with the USA AMRDEC. Mr. Watson was appointed to the board of directors of Torch in August 2014. Mr. Watson has more than 30 years of experience in the defense industry spanning numerous roles in project engineering support, line and program management, and corporate management. Mr. Watson received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University and a MSEE from the University of Florida.

About Bill Roark: Bill Roark co-founded Torch Technologies, Inc. in 2002 and is also founder of Starfish Holdings, Inc. and other Starfish holdings. Roark has over 30 years of experience working with Department of Defense-related contractors in various management and executive roles. Roark earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Cumberland College and an M.S. in Physics from the University of Kentucky.

Cayce Taylor, Communications Specialist
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