Aerospace CEO Creates $500,000 Venture Capital Fund for Minority Small Businesses

AAR Chairman and CEO David P. Storch created a $500,000 venture capital investment fund created exclusively for A.R.I.S.E. 2.0 that connects minority small business owners with capital, mentors and a board of trusted advisors to help grow their...

AAR, based in Wood Dale, Illinois, is a global aerospace and defense contractor that employs more than 6,000 people in 17 countries. Storch became AAR’s second CEO in 1996. He has served on the board of the Chicago Urban League, a civil rights advocacy and economic empowerment organization, and currently serves on the board of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., among others. His vision and intuition for turning industry adversity into opportunity earned him the Ernst & Young 2012 Midwest Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Master Entrepreneur Category.

For more information on AAR visit For news about A.R.I.S.E. and A.R.I.S.E. 2.0, go to the Salem Baptist Church Web site at


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