About The Conference:

The rise and prominence of independent sponsors have remained strong over the years but the landscape has been rapidly shifting. The regulatory climate remains uncertain due to impending tax reforms by the new administration therefore impacting how deals will be done. Coupled with big banks and funds of funds now doing one-off deals and offering similar flexibility and transparency to investors, independent sponsors now face competition like never before. So what can independent sponsors do to overcome current challenges around deal sourcing, negotiation, compensation and governance? iGlobal Forum’s 6th Independent Sponsor Summit (January 16-17, New York) will bring together over 150 senior level capital providers and IS executives by combining high-level networking and one-to-one meetings, alongside in-depth content, so you can pick up the best strategies from industry experts, make valuable connections, and improve your odds in generating successful deals. The 6th Independent Sponsor Summit is a key platform to meet and network directly with leading industry professionals and decision-makers all under one roof such as: Independent Sponsors (Fundless Sponsors), Private Equity Firms, Family Offices, Mezzanine Lenders, Hedge Funds, Institutional Investors, HNWIs (High Net Worth Individuals) and M&A Intermediaries/Advisors.

6th Independent Sponsor Summit

Key topics that will be covered:

  • Innovative approaches in deal sourcing and generating deal flow in varying market cycles
  • Impending tax reforms by the Trump administration and it’s impact on fund governance and regulatory compliance
  • Successful methods for independent sponsors to downsize the risk and cost structure
  • The art of deal negotiations and developing mutually beneficial partnerships for successful deals
  • Unique differentiation strategies for independent sponsors to navigate a highly competitive PE landscape

Network with leading:

  • Independent Sponsors
  • Private Equity Firms
  • Family Offices
  • Mezzanine Lenders
  • Hedge Funds
  • Institutional Investors
  • High Net Worth Individuals
  • M&A Intermediaries/Advisors

Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Daniel E. Pansing

Daniel E. Pansing

Managing Director

MERIT CAPITAL PARTNERS

Mr. Pansing is a Managing Director at Merit Capital Partners, an investor of junior capital in middle-market companies. Dan joined Merit in 1999 and is involved in all aspects of the firm’s business including fundraising and LP relations, deal origination, transaction execution and portfolio company oversight. Dan is one of the leaders of Merit’s efforts to develop and expand its relationships with independent sponsors, and has completed several transactions with these groups. Dan began his career at the First National Bank of Omaha, and later worked at LaSalle Bank, NA in Chicago where he focused on leveraged and commercial loan transactions. He received his MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA and his BS from Miami University (Ohio). Dan lives with his wife and two daughters in Western Springs, Illinois.

Keynote Speaker

Max DeZara

Max DeZara

Managing Partner

AKOYA CAPITAL PARTNERS

Max founded Akoya Capital Partners in 2005. He serves as Managing Partner of the company and is involved in overseeing all aspects of the operation.

Max has sourced, evaluated, valued, and structured numerous investment opportunities across a variety of industries including manufacturing, professional information services, consumer foods and specialty chemicals. Max is uniquely expert at partnering with industry-leading executives to develop proprietary investment opportunities for private equity co-sponsorship. The strategies he has developed and teams he has partnered with have created substantial shareholder value. Since its inception, Akoya has completed 13 platform investments and numerous add-on acquisitions across the portfolio.

Prior to forming Akoya Capital, Max spent over 20 years in talent acquisition, assessment and human capital consulting, most as the founder and leader of the Carlyle Group, a leading Midwest boutique retained executive search and consulting firm. In 1998, Max sold Carlyle Group to The Whitney Group, creating a top-ten global executive search firm with eight offices worldwide. During his tenure with The Whitney Group, he was elected vice chairman and served on Whitney’s board of directors and lead their global private equity practice.

Max is an active member of the Association For Corporate Growth, and the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors. Additionally, Max works closely with our portfolio companies ICM Products, Milamar Coatings, Eddy Packing Company, Edge Adhesives, Inflexxion and Indigo Signworks.

Max is also the Chairman of the Century Foundation, a non-profit board focused on the development of Lane Tech College Prep High School.

 

Nicholas S. Russell

Nicholas S. Russell

Partner

TUCKERMAN CAPITAL

Nicholas S. Russell is a partner at Tuckerman Capital (“Tuckerman”). Mr. Russell is responsible, together with his two partners, for all aspects of Tuckerman’s business including developing relationships with new deal partners (operating executives and independent sponsors), originating and executing investments, board level governance and strategic engagement with portfolio companies, and investor facing activities.

Prior to Tuckerman, Mr. Russell was a principal at North Star Advisors, an investment advisory firm where he advised private investors, worked with portfolio company boards and senior management teams, and executed investments in lower and middle-market companies. Before North Star, Mr. Russell was a member of the private equity practice at Oliver Wyman Group (previously known as Mercer Management Consulting).

Mr. Russell currently sits on the boards of Orthofeet, Six15 Technologies, Pacific Northern, TRS Global, and Freedom Communication Technologies and has been involved with the board governance at several other Tuckerman investments.

Mr. Russell earned an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

Richard Baum

Richard Baum

Managing Partner

CONSUMER GROWTH PARTNERS

Mr. Baum is the Managing Partner of Consumer Growth Partners (CGP), a private equity investment and advisory firm with an exclusive focus on specialty retail and branded consumer products companies. Prior to founding CGP in 2005, Mr. Baum spent more than fifteen years as a sell-side equity research analyst with Sanford Bernstein, Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse where he was consistently ranked among the industry leaders in the annual Institutional Investor and Greenwich Associates polls. Mr. Baum led fifteen IPO and Secondary offerings for companies such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Cabela’s, Fila, Gymboree, Life Time Fitness, Talbots, Urban Outfitters, Yankee Candle Company and Zale Corporation.

Mr. Baum serves as Chairman of the Board of Harris Originals, Inc. and as a Board Director for Vera Bradley, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRA). He is also a Board Member of ACG New York and RMS (formerly the Retail Marketing Society.) Mr. Baum earned a BA degree in economics from the University of Michigan where he graduated magna cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors and a JD degree from Harvard Law School.

David Acharya

David Acharya

Partner

AGI PARTNERS LLC

David Acharya is a Partner at AGI Partners LLC, an alternative investment management firm that deploys capital in private equity investments and special situation opportunities from its funds. In 2014, AGI earned ACG NY’s Private Equity Firm of the Year and was a Deal of the Year Finalist. Mr. Acharya is a Board Member of Aura XM, Inc., a leading provider of experiential marketing solutions for global clients and a portfolio company of AGI Partners LLC. Prior to his private equity investing career, he spent 10 years as an investment banker in the highly ranked leveraged finance groups of JP Morgan Chase and Toronto Dominion Securities where he advised, structured and raised over $18 billion of capital for leading financial sponsors, media, telecom, consumer product and other various companies across the globe. He also advised clients on debt tender/consent transactions that affected over $4 billion in debt. Mr. Acharya is a Board Member of the ACG NY Chapter, the premier association in New York City for middle market deal making professionals. Also, he is a member of the Advisory Board of The Sport Source. Mr. Acharya holds B.S. and M.B.A. degrees, both conferred with honors, from St. John’s University.

Mark G. Fornasiero

Mark G. Fornasiero

Managing Partner

CLARENDON GROUP

Mark co-founded Clarendon Group in 1998. He has over 25 years’ experience as a principal investor, board member, C-level executive, and management consultant focused on the transportation and logistics market space. Mark has sourced six Clarendon investments, and those that have been divested have produced a combined IRR over 35%. Mark conceived RoadLink, an intermodal logistics consolidation vehicle, as Clarendon’s first investment and worked with his Clarendon partners to organize and co-found the company in 2000. Following RoadLink’s formation, he guided the investment as a RoadLink board member and shareholder representative and served as CFO/SVP Finance & Acquisitions, Secretary/Treasurer and Chief Strategy Officer during his tenure. Over the course of his decade of RoadLink involvement, Mark executed over 25 acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and debt/equity financings comprising over $350 million of transaction value. Before launching Clarendon, Mark was a senior manager in the Transportation Management Consulting Practice of A.T. Kearney, where he led engagements in strategic development, M&A and profit improvement for transportation and private equity clients. Mark received an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was named an Arjay Miller Scholar. He received a BS in Operations Research and BA in Economics from Cornell University where he graduated with highest honors.

Christopher Sheeren

Christopher Sheeren

Partner

HURON CAPITAL

Chris is responsible for sourcing and evaluating investments made by Huron, as well as marketing and business development activities. He also oversees the firm’s executive network. He is a frequent presenter, moderator, and/or panelist at various M&A industry events and business roundtables. His experience includes serving as a financial advisor for middle market businesses in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Prior to Huron, Chris was with Conway MacKenzie, a crisis-management and turnaround consulting firm. He gained extensive experience guiding clients through various bankruptcy and out-of-court workout situations, serving as interim CFO, controller or financial advisor. Prior to Conway, Chris was with PricewaterhouseCoopers as an audit manager, Procter & Gamble as a financial analyst, and Revlon as a sales professional.

Education includes a B.A. from the University of Nebraska, M.B.A. from the University of Michigan; Registered CPA. Board Affiliations: Chris has served as a Director for numerous Huron portfolio companies, including Maple Leaf Automotive and Apex Laboratories International (among others).

Michael Arguelles

Michael Arguelles

Managing Director

STONEHENGE PARTNERS

In his role, Mike is responsible for the deal sourcing activities at the firm. These activities include managing and establishing relationships with intermediaries, sponsors, and investment bankers. In addition, Mike is actively involved in negotiating new investments and managing existing portfolio companies. Prior to joining Stonehenge Partners in 2002, Mike was with The Huntington Capital Investment Company-Mezzanine Fund, where he was responsible for deal origination, due diligence, and structuring investments. Mike graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S.B.A. in Finance. Mike received his M.B.A. with a concentration in finance from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.

Yelena Edelstein

Yelena Edelstein

Deal Partner

BLACKMORE PARTNERS

Yelena Edelstein is Deal Partner at Blackmore Partners Inc. – a Chicago-based Private Equity Independent Sponsor firm that, since 2005, has been partnering with senior operating executives and finest companies to fully realize the companies’ value creation potential.

Most recently, Yelena played a key role in the deal to merge multiple companies and form Logistyx Technologies – the instant leader in transportation management execution and the world’s first global parcel analytics platform.

Prior to Blackmore, Yelena was Principal at Amicus Capital Partners – a private equity firm with exclusive focus on the healthcare industry, and with WMG Capital – a private investment firm focused on the Business Services sector.

Yelena founded two independent consulting firms: a technology consultancy specializing in the design and architecture of strategic technology solutions, and a management consultancy focused on business architecture and capability-driven strategy. Throughout her consulting career, Yelena consistently stayed at the frontier of the technology and industry curves to deliver innovative business and technology solutions for Fortune 500, mid-size, and start-up companies across Insurance, Financial
Services, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Telecom, Human Resources, Leasing, and Restaurant/Retail sectors.

Yelena received her MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and completed coursework in Mathematics and Informatics at universities in Ukraine and Russia.

Douglas Song

Douglas Song

Managing Partner

PRODOS CAPITAL MANAGEMENT

Mr. Song has a diverse background with over 25 years in principal investments, investment banking and operational experience. Mr. Song is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Prodos Capital Management (“PCM”), an investment firm focused on investmentsin the lower middle market. Prior to PCM, Mr. Song was the head of investments and corporate finance for Verus International, a boutique merchant banking firm that was co-founded by Citigroup. At Verus, Mr. Song led investments in both private and public companies in the emerging growth and middle market. Prior to Verus, Mr. Song was SVP of Corporate Development at On2 Technologies. At On2, Mr. Song led all aspects of strategic planning, financial analysis, mergers & acquisitions, financings and the capital markets. Prior to joining On2, Song was a Managing Director at Bluestone Capital Partners, where he was a senior banker and a manager in that firm's Corporate Finance Department. At BlueStone, Mr. Song was responsible for the execution of public offerings and private placements as well as merger and acquisition transactions. Mr. Song was a member of BlueStone's Management Committee and Commitment Committee. Previously, he held positions as an investment banker at Smith Barney in the Global Energy and Power Group and Chase Manhattan Bank in the Workout and M&A Groups. During his career as an investment banker, Mr. Song has executed over a billion dollars in public offerings, private placements, cross border mergers and acquisitions, and restructurings transactions. Mr. Song received a B.S. Degree from the School of Management at Boston University.

 

Christopher B. Eichmann

Christopher B. Eichmann

Managing Partner

PILLSMAN PARTNERS

Chris has worked with lower middle-market owners and companies for his entire career in multiple capacities, industries and geographies. He is currently active on the board of directors of Squan, SST Conveyor, and Bristol ID Technologies. Prior to starting Pillsman Partners, LLC, Chris led corporate development and strategic finance at Curtis Instruments, a global designer and assembler of power management and industrial vehicle components, while participating in all aspects of company operations and strategy. At Curtis he led bank and investor relationships, oversaw acquisition development, and managed new partnerships. Chris also initiated several leadership development programs as part of a broader succession planning effort. Prior to Curtis, Chris worked in domestic private equity at Hamilton Robinson, focused on originating investments in and around industrial instrumentation and fluid control markets. Earlier in his career he worked in Latin American private equity, banking (credit and lending), and asset management for Baring Private Equity Partners, JP Morgan Chase, and Compass Group Chile. Chris's industry experience includes business services, highly engineered products and processes, light manufacturing, consumer products, and food.

Mr. Eichmann earned an MBA from Columbia Business School in Finance and Management. He previously earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Lake Forest College.

Jay Freund

Jay Freund

Partner

CANAL HOLDINGS

Prior to joining Canal in 2014, Jay’s 25-year career has been focused upon the financial transaction sector, including investment banking and principal investing in private equity, mezzanine, and limited partnership commitments. He has worked previously with PNC Erieview Capital (fka National City Equity Partners), Banc One Capital Corporation, and The Ohio Company. Jay’s primary role at Canal is to help lead the efforts in originating, evaluating, closing, and managing portfolio company investments. He received a B.S. in economics from Ohio Northern University and his M.B.A. from the Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University.

Ben Schneider

Ben Schneider

Managing Partner

BASE EQUITY PARTNERS

Headquartered in New York City, BASE Equity Partners was founded in 2013 by Ben Schneider and Anthony Ekmekjian. Prior to co-founding BASE, Schneider was a member of the Senior Executive Team at IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) as Chief of Staff, reporting directly to the CEO, and focusing on areas of Strategy, Corporate Development / M&A, Marketing & Communications, Budgeting, Operating Plans, and operations in China. Prior to co-founding BASE, Ekmekjian was a member of the investment teams at CCMP Capital Advisors (formerly known as JP Morgan Partners), Lindsay Goldberg LLC, and the Goldman Sachs Private Equity Group.

Sachin Sarnobat

Sachin Sarnobat

Managing Director

ATALAYA CAPITAL MANAGEMENT

Zach Wooldridge

Zach Wooldridge

Co-Founder

ELM CREEK PARTNERS

Zach Wooldridge is a founding partner at Elm Creek Partners, which is a Dallas-based private equity firm that makes investments of $5 to $20 million in equity in small to mid-sized growth companies. His firm is looking for talented entrepreneurs to pair with profitable companies in niche manufacturing, industrial services, healthcare, and transaction processing with revenue of $5 - $50 million, preferably based in Texas and surrounding states. They do not invest in businesses that are early stage or losing money.

Wooldridge co-founded Elm Creek Partners with business partner, Aaron Handler in 2007. Prior to that, he executed a similar investment strategy at Red River Ventures.
Before graduate school, he managed the development and deployment of internet based securities trading platforms for Investec Bank of South Africa out of their New
York office.

Wooldridge currently serves as a director FreeFlight Systems, TGE Industrial Services, and The Care Group. He just completed a year-long role as interim CEO of the largest chain of urgent care and occupational health centers in New Orleans, MHM Urgent Care, which was sold to Ochsner Health. His private equity experience has covered the following industries: urgent care, in-home respiratory therapy and DME, wholesale optical labs, behavioral health and addiction recovery, avionics, community banking, magazine publishing, retailing, wholesale furniture, wholesale seafood, and refinery construction and maintenance services. He earned an MBA from SMU in 2002 and a B.S. in accounting from Washington & Lee University in 1996.

Wooldridge is the chairman of Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity. Habitat is the largest homebuilder in Dallas County, and it manages a social services organization, a
mortgage lending operation, and a multiunit retail operation.

He also serves as a trustee of The Episcopal School of Dallas, a premier coeducational college preparatory school serving pre-elementary through high school in a faithcentered environment. He has served on the audit, finance, advancement, and
nominating and governance committees.

Wooldridge is married with three young children. He and his wife actively support the Church of the Incarnation, Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, and The Episcopal School of Dallas.

Ben deTar Wilhite

Ben deTar Wilhite

Co-Founder & Partner

CARUTH CAPITAL PARTNERS

Headquartered in Dallas, TX, Caruth Capital Partners (“CCP” or “Caruth Capital”) is a private equity firm founded by two career private equity professionals, Ben deTar Wilhite and Tim Wegener. Caruth Capital seeks to acquire controlling interests in lower-middle market businesses and partners with management to accelerate growth and meaningfully improve operations through disciplined value-creation methodologies.

The founders of CCP have invested and operated in over 100 businesses across a wide variety of industries. Mr. Wilhite and his partner are responsible together for all aspects of CCP’s business including deal origination, fundraising, investor relations, principal investing, strategic engagement with portfolio companies and board level governance.

Prior to founding Caruth Capital, Mr. Wilhite spent almost a decade as a principal investor for SunTx Capital Partners, a lower-middle market buyout firm in Dallas, TX.

David McReynolds

David McReynolds

Managing Partner

FIVE CROWNS CAPITAL, LLC

David McReynolds is Managing Partner of Five Crowns Capital and has over 20 years of experience in originating, evaluating, advising, structuring and investing in middle market transactions. Over the course of his career, he has participated in private equity, corporate divestitures and carve-outs, special situations lending, M&A advisory, leveraged buyout lending and corporate finance transactions. He currently serves as Chairman of HCI Services, LLC and on the board of Cosmetic Design Group, LLC and Beautisol Holdings, LLC. Mr. McReynolds was previously with private equity firms Twin Haven Capital Partners and Versa Capital Management, each with approximately $1 billion in capital under management. Prior to this, he was a Principal and head of the Los Angeles office of the Special Situations Group within American Capital, Ltd., a publicly-traded investment company (NasdaqGS: ACAS) with $20 billion in capital under management at the time of his employ. Mr. McReynolds was a founding partner of Signature Capital Partners, LLC n/k/a Real Industry, Inc. and a Director of Acquisitions for Republic Financial Corporation, both special situations and private equity investment firms. Mr. McReynolds is a frequent speaker at industry leading conferences on the topics of private equity investing and special situations lending. He is actively involved with professional organizations and is a Past-President of the Southern California Chapter of Turnaround Management Association. Mr. McReynolds is a member of the Global One Chapter of YPO , is an AIRA Certified Insolvency & Restructuring Advisor (CIRA) and, a prior member of the Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle. Mr. McReynolds received his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and B.S. from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Jim Hardin

Jim Hardin

Founder

VEIL

Jim Hardin is a Charlotte, NC-based investment professional who (a) invests equity as an LP in independent sponsor-backed companies, and (b) provides independent sponsors with capital introductions to other potential equity capital partners (through an affiliation with Emerson Equity LLC, Registered Broker-Dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC). Jim also founded Veil, a tech-enabled pre-marketing service that connects small private equity fund managers with US-based institutional LPs.

He is a former principal at Global Endowment Management ("GEM"), an outsourced endowment-style investment firm founded by Duke University's and The Duke Endowment's former CIOs. While at GEM, he was primarily responsible for private equity and venture capital fund and co-investments. He also owned a small business and was an active board member until a successful exit in 2017.

Prior to joining GEM, Jim was an investment professional at Farallon Capital's Noonday Asset Management, where he was part of a two-person team overseeing a long/short equity and merger arbitrage portfolio focused on healthcare companies.

Jim believes that he brings independent sponsors a unique skillset and experience as a business owner, senior professional at an institutional LP, and investment professional at a world-class hedge fund.

He holds an AB in Economics from Harvard College and is married with four young children.

Michael D. Ilagan

Michael D. Ilagan

Managing Partner

BLACKLAND CAPITAL PARTNERS, LLC

Michael D. Ilagan is the founder and Managing Partner of Blackland Capital Partners, a private equity firm investing in industrial businesses serving food, beverage and water companies.

For over 10 years prior to founding Blackland, Michael invested as a principal of another private equity firm with over $700 million of assets under management, where he focused on food, beverage and services sectors and led the firm’s largest, most complex leveraged buyout, which was awarded the Association for Corporate Growth’s Deal of the Year, and the right-sizing of costs of a niche manufacturer, which was awarded Small Cap Deal of the Year by Buyouts magazine. Previously, he was a management consultant at Bain & Company advising consumer products and manufacturing companies. Mr. Ilagan also was Chief Operating Officer of a small health care services business and an acquisitions and insolvency attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Michael served on the Board of Directors for Carolina Beer and Beverage Holdings, LLC, Veritex Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: VBTX) and Huron, Inc. He also served on the Alumni Board of The University of Chicago and was President of The University of Chicago Club of Dallas-Ft. Worth. Mr. Ilagan currently serves on the Graham School Council at The University of Chicago and the Board of Advisors at Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Michael earned AB/MBA joint-degree in Economics and Accounting in 5 years from The University of Chicago and law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology and is a licensed attorney in Illinois, California and the United State Supreme Court.

 

Gerson Guzman

Gerson Guzman

Managing Director & CCO

CORINTHIAN CAPITAL GROUP

Mr. Guzman is a Managing Director at Corinthian Capital, LLC, a middle-market private equity firm focused on control equity investments in North America. He has diverse experience across entrepreneurial endeavors, private equity, strategy consulting, and corporate operations. Prior to joining Corinthian, Mr. Guzman worked at Clearview Capital, LLC. Additionally, he was a consultant at Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman) providing strategic advice to Global 500 firms across a variety of domestic and international engagements in the telecommunications, media and entertainment, financial services, energy, and transportation industries. Prior to Mercer, he was a manager with SBC Communications (now AT&T) where he led a group of technicians responsible for testing and troubleshooting telephone and data networks and was responsible for managing relationships with competitive licensed exchange carriers.

At Corinthian Capital, Mr. Guzman is responsible for executing transactions and portfolio management. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Sabre Industries, Inc. and Audio and Video Labs Holdings, Inc. In addition, Mr. Guzman as Chief Compliance Officer is primarily responsible for oversight of the management company’s compliance program. Mr. Guzman currently serves as Chairman of Excelin Holdings, LLC and is on the Board of Directors of Control Solutions LLC, Renegade Holding Company, LLC, Best Lighting Holding Company, Inc., and M&R Group Holdings, LLC. Mr. Guzman also serves as a member of the board for Tierra Mia Coffee Company, a privately held regional chain of high-quality Latino themed coffeehouses. Mr. Guzman is a partner in Lawless Holdings, LLC which owns and operates Harley-Davidson dealerships in Seattle, WA and Scott City, MO. He is a member of the board of the New America Alliance and serves on the Northeast Advisory Board of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

Mr. Guzman has completed coursework at the Universität Bayreuth in Germany and FundaçãoGetulio Vargas in Brazil. He was named a Chancellor’s Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley (B.A. 1998). He is a graduate of the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania (M.A. 2005) and the Wharton School (M.B.A. 2005).Mr. Guzman is a Managing Director at Corinthian Capital, LLC, a middle-market private equity firm focused on control equity investments in North America. He has diverse experience across entrepreneurial endeavors, private equity, strategy consulting, and corporate operations. Prior to joining Corinthian, Mr. Guzman worked at Clearview Capital, LLC. Additionally, he was a consultant at Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman) providing strategic advice to Global 500 firms across a variety of domestic and international engagements in the telecommunications, media and entertainment, financial services, energy, and transportation industries. Prior to Mercer, he was a manager with SBC Communications (now AT&T) where he led a group of technicians responsible for testing and troubleshooting telephone and data networks and was responsible for managing relationships with competitive licensed exchange carriers.

At Corinthian Capital, Mr. Guzman is responsible for executing transactions and portfolio management. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Sabre Industries, Inc. and Audio and Video Labs Holdings, Inc. In addition, Mr. Guzman as Chief Compliance Officer is primarily responsible for oversight of the management company’s compliance program. Mr. Guzman currently serves as Chairman of Excelin Holdings, LLC and is on the Board of Directors of Control Solutions LLC, Renegade Holding Company, LLC, Best Lighting Holding Company, Inc., and M&R Group Holdings, LLC. Mr. Guzman also serves as a member of the board for Tierra Mia Coffee Company, a privately held regional chain of high-quality Latino themed coffeehouses. Mr. Guzman is a partner in Lawless Holdings, LLC which owns and operates Harley-Davidson dealerships in Seattle, WA and Scott City, MO. He is a member of the board of the New America Alliance and serves on the Northeast Advisory Board of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

Mr. Guzman has completed coursework at the Universität Bayreuth in Germany and FundaçãoGetulio Vargas in Brazil. He was named a Chancellor’s Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley (B.A. 1998). He is a graduate of the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania (M.A. 2005) and the Wharton School (M.B.A. 2005).

Olivier Trouveroy

Olivier Trouveroy

Managing Partner

MTN CAPITAL PARTNERS LLC

Mr. Trouveroy is a managing partner MTN Capital Partners LLC, a firm he co-founded in 2003. He currently serves on the board of directors of several of MTN’s portfolio investments including Sound Lounge, Joliet Equipment Corporation and Rita’s Franchise Company.
From 1992 to 1996, Mr. Trouveroy was successively a senior investment professional at ING Capital and a senior partner at ING Equity Partners I, a $350 million captive fund, investing in distressed securities where these investments were often converted into control or influential minority equity stakes in companies, as well as in traditional buyouts. In 1996, the partners of ING Equity Partners I spun off from ING, and raised Hampshire Equity Partners II, an independent $357 million private equity fund. Mr. Trouveroy served on the board of directors of several of these funds’ investments, including Cost Plus, Inc., Accessline Technologies, Inc. espire Communications, Transcare, Kasper and was the Chairman of the Board of Citi Trends. He was also the Chairman of the Creditors’ Committee for the Leslie Fay Companies, Inc. and Phar-Mor, Inc.

From 1990 to 1992, Mr. Trouveroy was a managing director of General Electric Capital Corporation (“GECC”) based in Paris where he was in charge of GECC’s leveraged buyout activities in France. From 1984 to 1990, he was an investment banker in the Mergers and Acquisitions Department of Drexel Burnham Lambert in New York, most recently as a partner. From 1978 to 1983, he was a commercial banker at Continental Bank.

Mr. Trouveroy received an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.S. and M.S. in Economics from the University of Louvain in Belgium. Mr. Trouveroy passed the Certified Public Accountants’ examination in 1982. He is a board member and the Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Belgian American Educational Foundation

Michael Shein

Michael Shein

Managing Partner

CHARTWELL INVESTMENTS

Michael Shein is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Chartwell Investments, a private investment firm focused primarily on investing in and with family and entrepreneurially-owned middle and lower middle market businesses across a range of industries. Mike’s investment philosophy is focused on building long-term value and achieving better alignment of interests withentrepreneur partners through a customized transaction structure approach for each investment along with a longer-term investment horizon.

Mike has participated in the purchase or sale of businesses with aggregate transaction value in excess of $4 billion. He has over 25 years of experience in all facets of private equity investment transactions, including relationship building, strategic planning, deal sourcing and negotiation, valuation, structuring, debt and equity financing, board of director leadership and portfolio company oversight and restructuring. During his career, Mike has experience investing from most types of capital sources including a committed fund, family office, sole capital source vehicle, and as an independent sponsor.

Mike currently serves as a Director of Richard Childress Racing, and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Contract Datascan Holdings, Inc. and PPC Holdings, Inc. Mike has previously served as Chairman of the Board or as a Director of a number of privately held companies including Carey International, Bell Sports Holdings, Inc., Petro Stopping Centers, Idaho Timer Corp. and Sunpark.

Prior to co-founding Chartwell, Mike was a Senior Vice President of a private New York City-based investment firm, and an Analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions department at Goldman, Sachs & Company.Mike graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S.E., summa cum laude.

Johannes Zwick

Johannes Zwick

Managing Partner

ZWICK PARTNERS

Johannes is the managing partner of Zwick Partners LP, a charlotte based Single Family Office. The firm invests directly into operating companies on its own, but also workswith independent sponsors, search funds, and larger funded sponsors on a co-investment basis. At Zwick Partners, Johannes spends most of this time sourcing and executing direct lower middle market private equity transactions, as well as monitoring the firm’s portfolio companies. Zwick Partners primarily looks to deploy equity capital, but is also comfortable investing in other parts of the capital structure (given the right opportunity).
Johannes holds a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College, as well as an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business with a concentration in Finance.

Alex Allgood

Alex Allgood

Managing Director

VERIQUEST CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, LP

Mr. Alex Allgood has over 23 years of experience across a broad range of principal investment and investment banking roles. Over the course of his career, Mr. Allgood has closed over $40 billion of private equity, M&A, buyout and restructuring transactions primarily in the Consumer, Industrials/Materials, Business Services, Technology, Health Care and Energy sectors.

Mr. Allgood is a Managing Director and Founder of VeriQuest Capital Management, LP, where he sources, analyzes, negotiates, closes, manages and exits private equity and private debt investments on behalf of institutional and family office/HNW investors, originates private equity transactions on behalf of institutional and family office investors and, selectively, advises companies and investors on M&A, restructuring and capital formation transactions. Prior to focusing on VeriQuest on a full-time basis, and in addition to the VeriQuest role above, from 2011 to 2015, Mr. Allgood was a Managing Director on a non-exclusive basis in the Private Equity Group at Sowell & Co., a Dallas-based family office where he focused on control investments in lower middle market operating companies of up to $25 million of equity per transaction.

Prior to focusing on private equity and private debt investments at VeriQuest and Sowell & Co., Mr. Allgood co-developed VeriQuest’s liquid markets investment strategies as the founder of VeriQuest Capital Management, LP and was a co-founder of Wrangler Capital Management, LP, an SEC-registered long/short hedge fund backed by family office capital.

Prior to VeriQuest and Sowell & Co., Mr. Allgood was a Senior Vice President in the Mergers & Acquisitions department at Lehman Brothers, Inc. where he spent over 9 years, comprised of approximately seven years in New York and approximately two years in San Francisco/Menlo Park. While at Lehman Brothers, Mr. Allgood sourced, negotiated and executed M&A, buyout and restructuring transactions primarily in the Consumer, Industrials/Materials, Business Services, and Technology sectors and he spent significant amount of time working with Financial Sponsors. Additionally, Mr. Allgood was chosen to be the staffer assigned to managing the Analyst, Associate and Vice President resources of the West Coast Technology M&A Group while in San Francisco/Menlo Park. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Mr. Allgood worked in the Corporate Finance Group at Nesbitt Burns Securities, Inc. (now BMO Capital Markets) in New York where he focused primarily on Energy transactions and at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Houston in a non-audit, financial advisory capacity.

Mr. Allgood is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a BA in Finance and an MBA with a concentration in Finance and Dean’s List distinction.

Rob Bauer

Rob Bauer

Managing Member

BASSETT CREEK CAPITAL

Rob Bauer is a Managing Member at Bassett Creek Capital, a Minnesota based private equity firm focused on making investments in leading middle market companies in partnership with management and operating executives. Partnership is a key word for Bassett Creek because we strive to create a culture where management teaches us their craft (e.g. the operations of the business) and we teach management our craft (e.g. the private equity business). This partnership approach creates a “win-win” scenario for all stakeholders including owners, management, employees, customers and suppliers.

Mr. Bauer has 18 years of private equity experience and has completed over 30 M&A transactions worth over $3.0 billion in transaction value. Prior to founding Bassett Creek Capital, Mr. Bauer was a member of the private equity teams at New Stream Capital, Sterling Investment Partners and Piper Jaffray & Co.

Sylvie Gadant

Sylvie Gadant

Partner – Transaction Advisory Services

CITRIN COOPERMAN

Sylvie Gadant is a partner with the firm’s Private Equity Group and is the Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) practice leader. She coordinates and leads buy-side and sell-side due diligence engagements for private equity firms and strategic buyers. Sylvie has advised clients on over 200 transactions valued between $5 million and $300 million, including platform investments, add-on acquisitions, leveraged recapitalizations, carve-outs, and minority investments. Her areas of expertise include analyzing an acquisition target’s quality of earnings, understanding key performance indicators, assessing working capital requirements, and identifying key deal issues and risk areas. She also provides her clients with guidance on accounting for mergers and acquisitions, and works with legal counsel on the drafting of purchase and sale agreements, focusing on purchase price adjustment mechanisms, and financial statement representations. Sylvie is a frequent speaker, panelist and moderator for various industry forums. Sylvie is a recipient of the 2013 M&A Advisor “40 Under 40” award. A French native, Sylvie earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the Graduate School of Business in Bordeaux, France. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the States of New York and New Jersey.

Claudine M. Cohen

Claudine M. Cohen

Principal - Transactional Advisory Services

COHNREZNICK LLP

Claudine Cohen is a principal in CohnReznick Advisory’s Transactional Advisory Services practice. With more than 20 years of business experience, Claudine has developed an expertise in providing transactional advisory services, serving as an adviser to public and private companies, both domestically and internationally. She has worked with private equity investors, alternative investment funds, lenders, and strategic investors.
Claudine’s specific advisory activities include: strategic advisory, quality of earnings analyses, identifying revenue sources and profitability drivers, examining operating cost structure and sustainability factors, investigating business models including cash flow and financial projections, reviewing quality and realization of assets and liabilities, identifying working capital requirements and negotiating positions, post-close working capital verification, and adjustment mechanisms. Claudine has advised on a number of different types of buy- and sell-side transactions, including standalone platforms; carve-out of business segments, product line, or facility; bankruptcy auction processes; mergers; and industry consolidations.

Mina Pacheco Nazemi

Mina Pacheco Nazemi

Founder & Managing Partner

ALDEA CAPITAL PARTNERS

Saquib Toor

Saquib Toor

Managing Partner

BEACONHOUSE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, LLC

Zubin Avari

Zubin Avari

General Partner

CHARTER OAK EQUITY

Zubin has been with Charter Oak Equity and its predecessor fund since 1998. He serves on the boards of Cirtec, Brook & Whittle, Shelter Logic, and Sinteris. In his tenure at Charter Oak Equity, Zubin has served various operational roles at portfolio companies including roles such as executive chairman and interim CFO. Prior to joining Charter Oak Equity, he was at Crowe Chizek (now Crowe Horwath) as a CPA in their audit, tax and mergers and acquisition departments. He attended Illinois Wesleyan University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Accounting

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Agenda for January 17, 2018
8:00 am
REGISTRATION & NETWORKING BREAKFAST
8:45 am
CHAIRPERSON’S WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS
Claudine M. Cohen

Claudine M. Cohen

Principal - Transactional Advisory Services

COHNREZNICK LLP

Claudine Cohen is a principal in CohnReznick Advisory’s Transactional Advisory Services practice. With more than 20 years of business experience, Claudine has developed an expertise in providing transactional advisory services, serving as an adviser to public and private companies, both domestically and internationally. She has worked with private equity investors, alternative investment funds, lenders, and strategic investors.
Claudine’s specific advisory activities include: strategic advisory, quality of earnings analyses, identifying revenue sources and profitability drivers, examining operating cost structure and sustainability factors, investigating business models including cash flow and financial projections, reviewing quality and realization of assets and liabilities, identifying working capital requirements and negotiating positions, post-close working capital verification, and adjustment mechanisms. Claudine has advised on a number of different types of buy- and sell-side transactions, including standalone platforms; carve-out of business segments, product line, or facility; bankruptcy auction processes; mergers; and industry consolidations.

9:00 am
KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: A FUTURE ROADMAP FOR INDEPENDENT SPONSORS: ECONOMICS, TRENDS AND INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES
  • What are the foreseeable challenges for independent sponsors in the current economic landscape?
  • How do you keep your skin in the game, once you have brought a deal to a funding source?
  • Understanding the waterfall payments in a deal from top to bottom
  • How to handle regulatory uncertainty and mitigate your risk
  • How do independent sponsors add value
  • At what point should the sponsor secure its junior capital
  • Bringing an independent sponsor into an opportunity to help with the heavy lifting
Daniel E. Pansing

Daniel E. Pansing

Managing Director

MERIT CAPITAL PARTNERS

Mr. Pansing is a Managing Director at Merit Capital Partners, an investor of junior capital in middle-market companies. Dan joined Merit in 1999 and is involved in all aspects of the firm’s business including fundraising and LP relations, deal origination, transaction execution and portfolio company oversight. Dan is one of the leaders of Merit’s efforts to develop and expand its relationships with independent sponsors, and has completed several transactions with these groups. Dan began his career at the First National Bank of Omaha, and later worked at LaSalle Bank, NA in Chicago where he focused on leveraged and commercial loan transactions. He received his MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA and his BS from Miami University (Ohio). Dan lives with his wife and two daughters in Western Springs, Illinois.

Max DeZara

Max DeZara

Managing Partner

AKOYA CAPITAL PARTNERS

Max founded Akoya Capital Partners in 2005. He serves as Managing Partner of the company and is involved in overseeing all aspects of the operation.

Max has sourced, evaluated, valued, and structured numerous investment opportunities across a variety of industries including manufacturing, professional information services, consumer foods and specialty chemicals. Max is uniquely expert at partnering with industry-leading executives to develop proprietary investment opportunities for private equity co-sponsorship. The strategies he has developed and teams he has partnered with have created substantial shareholder value. Since its inception, Akoya has completed 13 platform investments and numerous add-on acquisitions across the portfolio.

Prior to forming Akoya Capital, Max spent over 20 years in talent acquisition, assessment and human capital consulting, most as the founder and leader of the Carlyle Group, a leading Midwest boutique retained executive search and consulting firm. In 1998, Max sold Carlyle Group to The Whitney Group, creating a top-ten global executive search firm with eight offices worldwide. During his tenure with The Whitney Group, he was elected vice chairman and served on Whitney’s board of directors and lead their global private equity practice.

Max is an active member of the Association For Corporate Growth, and the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors. Additionally, Max works closely with our portfolio companies ICM Products, Milamar Coatings, Eddy Packing Company, Edge Adhesives, Inflexxion and Indigo Signworks.

Max is also the Chairman of the Century Foundation, a non-profit board focused on the development of Lane Tech College Prep High School.

 

9:45 am
RISING PROMINENCE OF THE INDEPENDENT SPONSOR IN A FOGGY MARKET
  • Market terms and conditions for independent sponsor deals and how they work with PE firms
  • How will tax reforms, asset bubbles and easy money affect investing decisions?
  • What added value has IS provided portfolio companies? 
  • Dealing with increased competition and new players entering the marketplace
  • Future of the independent sponsor model: will this deal structure replace the existing traditional private equity model?
  • Human capital development: how are IS building the right expertise and people to develop successful organization as they grow 
Nicholas S. Russell

Nicholas S. Russell

Partner

TUCKERMAN CAPITAL

Nicholas S. Russell is a partner at Tuckerman Capital (“Tuckerman”). Mr. Russell is responsible, together with his two partners, for all aspects of Tuckerman’s business including developing relationships with new deal partners (operating executives and independent sponsors), originating and executing investments, board level governance and strategic engagement with portfolio companies, and investor facing activities.

Prior to Tuckerman, Mr. Russell was a principal at North Star Advisors, an investment advisory firm where he advised private investors, worked with portfolio company boards and senior management teams, and executed investments in lower and middle-market companies. Before North Star, Mr. Russell was a member of the private equity practice at Oliver Wyman Group (previously known as Mercer Management Consulting).

Mr. Russell currently sits on the boards of Orthofeet, Six15 Technologies, Pacific Northern, TRS Global, and Freedom Communication Technologies and has been involved with the board governance at several other Tuckerman investments.

Mr. Russell earned an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

Michael Arguelles

Michael Arguelles

Managing Director

STONEHENGE PARTNERS

In his role, Mike is responsible for the deal sourcing activities at the firm. These activities include managing and establishing relationships with intermediaries, sponsors, and investment bankers. In addition, Mike is actively involved in negotiating new investments and managing existing portfolio companies. Prior to joining Stonehenge Partners in 2002, Mike was with The Huntington Capital Investment Company-Mezzanine Fund, where he was responsible for deal origination, due diligence, and structuring investments. Mike graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S.B.A. in Finance. Mike received his M.B.A. with a concentration in finance from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.

Ben Schneider

Ben Schneider

Managing Partner

BASE EQUITY PARTNERS

Headquartered in New York City, BASE Equity Partners was founded in 2013 by Ben Schneider and Anthony Ekmekjian. Prior to co-founding BASE, Schneider was a member of the Senior Executive Team at IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) as Chief of Staff, reporting directly to the CEO, and focusing on areas of Strategy, Corporate Development / M&A, Marketing & Communications, Budgeting, Operating Plans, and operations in China. Prior to co-founding BASE, Ekmekjian was a member of the investment teams at CCMP Capital Advisors (formerly known as JP Morgan Partners), Lindsay Goldberg LLC, and the Goldman Sachs Private Equity Group.

Saquib Toor

Saquib Toor

Managing Partner

BEACONHOUSE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, LLC

Claudine M. Cohen

Moderator:

Claudine M. Cohen

Principal - Transactional Advisory Services

COHNREZNICK LLP

Claudine Cohen is a principal in CohnReznick Advisory’s Transactional Advisory Services practice. With more than 20 years of business experience, Claudine has developed an expertise in providing transactional advisory services, serving as an adviser to public and private companies, both domestically and internationally. She has worked with private equity investors, alternative investment funds, lenders, and strategic investors.
Claudine’s specific advisory activities include: strategic advisory, quality of earnings analyses, identifying revenue sources and profitability drivers, examining operating cost structure and sustainability factors, investigating business models including cash flow and financial projections, reviewing quality and realization of assets and liabilities, identifying working capital requirements and negotiating positions, post-close working capital verification, and adjustment mechanisms. Claudine has advised on a number of different types of buy- and sell-side transactions, including standalone platforms; carve-out of business segments, product line, or facility; bankruptcy auction processes; mergers; and industry consolidations.

11:00 am
INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO GENERATING DEAL FLOW IN VARYING MARKET CYCLES
  • Go-to-market strategies - what methods are being used to successfully source deals and differentiate yourself in today’s uncertain market?
  • What sectors offer the best opportunity to do deals? And which should be avoided?
  • Getting in front of business owners without using an intermediary – how do independent sponsors secure deals without committed capital?
  • Beating the competition: Identifying proprietary deals before funded sponsors and corporate buyers see them in the market
  • Taking an industry focus vs. being a generalist – which is the best approach?
Sachin Sarnobat

Sachin Sarnobat

Managing Director

ATALAYA CAPITAL MANAGEMENT

David McReynolds

David McReynolds

Managing Partner

FIVE CROWNS CAPITAL, LLC

David McReynolds is Managing Partner of Five Crowns Capital and has over 20 years of experience in originating, evaluating, advising, structuring and investing in middle market transactions. Over the course of his career, he has participated in private equity, corporate divestitures and carve-outs, special situations lending, M&A advisory, leveraged buyout lending and corporate finance transactions. He currently serves as Chairman of HCI Services, LLC and on the board of Cosmetic Design Group, LLC and Beautisol Holdings, LLC. Mr. McReynolds was previously with private equity firms Twin Haven Capital Partners and Versa Capital Management, each with approximately $1 billion in capital under management. Prior to this, he was a Principal and head of the Los Angeles office of the Special Situations Group within American Capital, Ltd., a publicly-traded investment company (NasdaqGS: ACAS) with $20 billion in capital under management at the time of his employ. Mr. McReynolds was a founding partner of Signature Capital Partners, LLC n/k/a Real Industry, Inc. and a Director of Acquisitions for Republic Financial Corporation, both special situations and private equity investment firms. Mr. McReynolds is a frequent speaker at industry leading conferences on the topics of private equity investing and special situations lending. He is actively involved with professional organizations and is a Past-President of the Southern California Chapter of Turnaround Management Association. Mr. McReynolds is a member of the Global One Chapter of YPO , is an AIRA Certified Insolvency & Restructuring Advisor (CIRA) and, a prior member of the Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle. Mr. McReynolds received his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and B.S. from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Rob Bauer

Rob Bauer

Managing Member

BASSETT CREEK CAPITAL

Rob Bauer is a Managing Member at Bassett Creek Capital, a Minnesota based private equity firm focused on making investments in leading middle market companies in partnership with management and operating executives. Partnership is a key word for Bassett Creek because we strive to create a culture where management teaches us their craft (e.g. the operations of the business) and we teach management our craft (e.g. the private equity business). This partnership approach creates a “win-win” scenario for all stakeholders including owners, management, employees, customers and suppliers.

Mr. Bauer has 18 years of private equity experience and has completed over 30 M&A transactions worth over $3.0 billion in transaction value. Prior to founding Bassett Creek Capital, Mr. Bauer was a member of the private equity teams at New Stream Capital, Sterling Investment Partners and Piper Jaffray & Co.

Michael Shein

Michael Shein

Managing Partner

CHARTWELL INVESTMENTS

Michael Shein is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Chartwell Investments, a private investment firm focused primarily on investing in and with family and entrepreneurially-owned middle and lower middle market businesses across a range of industries. Mike’s investment philosophy is focused on building long-term value and achieving better alignment of interests withentrepreneur partners through a customized transaction structure approach for each investment along with a longer-term investment horizon.

Mike has participated in the purchase or sale of businesses with aggregate transaction value in excess of $4 billion. He has over 25 years of experience in all facets of private equity investment transactions, including relationship building, strategic planning, deal sourcing and negotiation, valuation, structuring, debt and equity financing, board of director leadership and portfolio company oversight and restructuring. During his career, Mike has experience investing from most types of capital sources including a committed fund, family office, sole capital source vehicle, and as an independent sponsor.

Mike currently serves as a Director of Richard Childress Racing, and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Contract Datascan Holdings, Inc. and PPC Holdings, Inc. Mike has previously served as Chairman of the Board or as a Director of a number of privately held companies including Carey International, Bell Sports Holdings, Inc., Petro Stopping Centers, Idaho Timer Corp. and Sunpark.

Prior to co-founding Chartwell, Mike was a Senior Vice President of a private New York City-based investment firm, and an Analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions department at Goldman, Sachs & Company.Mike graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S.E., summa cum laude.

11:30 am
BEST IN-CLASS STRATEGIES FOR INDEPENDENT SPONSOR DEAL STRUCTURING AND DIFFERENTIATION
  • How can independent sponsors successfully downsize the cost and risk structure?
  • New strategies for finding value-add opportunities in the market, and differentiating your deals
  • Fundraising for your deals before you have a consistent and reliable investment source
  • The importance of the operator role in each individual deal
Yelena Edelstein

Yelena Edelstein

Deal Partner

BLACKMORE PARTNERS

Yelena Edelstein is Deal Partner at Blackmore Partners Inc. – a Chicago-based Private Equity Independent Sponsor firm that, since 2005, has been partnering with senior operating executives and finest companies to fully realize the companies’ value creation potential.

Most recently, Yelena played a key role in the deal to merge multiple companies and form Logistyx Technologies – the instant leader in transportation management execution and the world’s first global parcel analytics platform.

Prior to Blackmore, Yelena was Principal at Amicus Capital Partners – a private equity firm with exclusive focus on the healthcare industry, and with WMG Capital – a private investment firm focused on the Business Services sector.

Yelena founded two independent consulting firms: a technology consultancy specializing in the design and architecture of strategic technology solutions, and a management consultancy focused on business architecture and capability-driven strategy. Throughout her consulting career, Yelena consistently stayed at the frontier of the technology and industry curves to deliver innovative business and technology solutions for Fortune 500, mid-size, and start-up companies across Insurance, Financial
Services, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Telecom, Human Resources, Leasing, and Restaurant/Retail sectors.

Yelena received her MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and completed coursework in Mathematics and Informatics at universities in Ukraine and Russia.

Ben deTar Wilhite

Ben deTar Wilhite

Co-Founder & Partner

CARUTH CAPITAL PARTNERS

Headquartered in Dallas, TX, Caruth Capital Partners (“CCP” or “Caruth Capital”) is a private equity firm founded by two career private equity professionals, Ben deTar Wilhite and Tim Wegener. Caruth Capital seeks to acquire controlling interests in lower-middle market businesses and partners with management to accelerate growth and meaningfully improve operations through disciplined value-creation methodologies.

The founders of CCP have invested and operated in over 100 businesses across a wide variety of industries. Mr. Wilhite and his partner are responsible together for all aspects of CCP’s business including deal origination, fundraising, investor relations, principal investing, strategic engagement with portfolio companies and board level governance.

Prior to founding Caruth Capital, Mr. Wilhite spent almost a decade as a principal investor for SunTx Capital Partners, a lower-middle market buyout firm in Dallas, TX.

Alex Allgood

Alex Allgood

Managing Director

VERIQUEST CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, LP

Mr. Alex Allgood has over 23 years of experience across a broad range of principal investment and investment banking roles. Over the course of his career, Mr. Allgood has closed over $40 billion of private equity, M&A, buyout and restructuring transactions primarily in the Consumer, Industrials/Materials, Business Services, Technology, Health Care and Energy sectors.

Mr. Allgood is a Managing Director and Founder of VeriQuest Capital Management, LP, where he sources, analyzes, negotiates, closes, manages and exits private equity and private debt investments on behalf of institutional and family office/HNW investors, originates private equity transactions on behalf of institutional and family office investors and, selectively, advises companies and investors on M&A, restructuring and capital formation transactions. Prior to focusing on VeriQuest on a full-time basis, and in addition to the VeriQuest role above, from 2011 to 2015, Mr. Allgood was a Managing Director on a non-exclusive basis in the Private Equity Group at Sowell & Co., a Dallas-based family office where he focused on control investments in lower middle market operating companies of up to $25 million of equity per transaction.

Prior to focusing on private equity and private debt investments at VeriQuest and Sowell & Co., Mr. Allgood co-developed VeriQuest’s liquid markets investment strategies as the founder of VeriQuest Capital Management, LP and was a co-founder of Wrangler Capital Management, LP, an SEC-registered long/short hedge fund backed by family office capital.

Prior to VeriQuest and Sowell & Co., Mr. Allgood was a Senior Vice President in the Mergers & Acquisitions department at Lehman Brothers, Inc. where he spent over 9 years, comprised of approximately seven years in New York and approximately two years in San Francisco/Menlo Park. While at Lehman Brothers, Mr. Allgood sourced, negotiated and executed M&A, buyout and restructuring transactions primarily in the Consumer, Industrials/Materials, Business Services, and Technology sectors and he spent significant amount of time working with Financial Sponsors. Additionally, Mr. Allgood was chosen to be the staffer assigned to managing the Analyst, Associate and Vice President resources of the West Coast Technology M&A Group while in San Francisco/Menlo Park. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Mr. Allgood worked in the Corporate Finance Group at Nesbitt Burns Securities, Inc. (now BMO Capital Markets) in New York where he focused primarily on Energy transactions and at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Houston in a non-audit, financial advisory capacity.

Mr. Allgood is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a BA in Finance and an MBA with a concentration in Finance and Dean’s List distinction.

Mina Pacheco Nazemi

Mina Pacheco Nazemi

Founder & Managing Partner

ALDEA CAPITAL PARTNERS

Sylvie Gadant

Moderator:

Sylvie Gadant

Partner – Transaction Advisory Services

CITRIN COOPERMAN

Sylvie Gadant is a partner with the firm’s Private Equity Group and is the Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) practice leader. She coordinates and leads buy-side and sell-side due diligence engagements for private equity firms and strategic buyers. Sylvie has advised clients on over 200 transactions valued between $5 million and $300 million, including platform investments, add-on acquisitions, leveraged recapitalizations, carve-outs, and minority investments. Her areas of expertise include analyzing an acquisition target’s quality of earnings, understanding key performance indicators, assessing working capital requirements, and identifying key deal issues and risk areas. She also provides her clients with guidance on accounting for mergers and acquisitions, and works with legal counsel on the drafting of purchase and sale agreements, focusing on purchase price adjustment mechanisms, and financial statement representations. Sylvie is a frequent speaker, panelist and moderator for various industry forums. Sylvie is a recipient of the 2013 M&A Advisor “40 Under 40” award. A French native, Sylvie earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the Graduate School of Business in Bordeaux, France. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the States of New York and New Jersey.

12:00 pm
DEAL ROOM: INDEPENDENT SPONSOR SHOWCASE

In this new interactive element of the program, Independent Sponsors will get to present their best viable deals to Capital Providers.

1:00 pm
NETWORKING LUNCHEON
2:15 pm
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS: PART ONE

These sessions will provide you with a unique opportunity to discuss the most pertinent business trends in the independent sponsor industry with your peers. The sessions are designed to allow you to share your expertise with a small, intimate group of attendees, and directly interact with experts leading the sector. Choose between one of the following sessions:

Roundtable 1

EMERGING CAPITAL SOURCES AND MODELS FOR INDEPENDENT SPONSOR MARKET

  • How has the independent sponsor model evolved?
  • The availability of capital from non-traditional sources – family offices, fund of funds with co-invest/direct investment mandate targeting IS
  • New approaches to various financing solutions for independent sponsors and finding and selecting the right capital provider for each deal structure?
  • Future of the independent sponsor model: will this deal structure replace the existing traditional private equity model?
Christopher Sheeren

Christopher Sheeren

Partner

HURON CAPITAL

Chris is responsible for sourcing and evaluating investments made by Huron, as well as marketing and business development activities. He also oversees the firm’s executive network. He is a frequent presenter, moderator, and/or panelist at various M&A industry events and business roundtables. His experience includes serving as a financial advisor for middle market businesses in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Prior to Huron, Chris was with Conway MacKenzie, a crisis-management and turnaround consulting firm. He gained extensive experience guiding clients through various bankruptcy and out-of-court workout situations, serving as interim CFO, controller or financial advisor. Prior to Conway, Chris was with PricewaterhouseCoopers as an audit manager, Procter & Gamble as a financial analyst, and Revlon as a sales professional.

Education includes a B.A. from the University of Nebraska, M.B.A. from the University of Michigan; Registered CPA. Board Affiliations: Chris has served as a Director for numerous Huron portfolio companies, including Maple Leaf Automotive and Apex Laboratories International (among others).

Michael D. Ilagan

Michael D. Ilagan

Managing Partner

BLACKLAND CAPITAL PARTNERS, LLC

Michael D. Ilagan is the founder and Managing Partner of Blackland Capital Partners, a private equity firm investing in industrial businesses serving food, beverage and water companies.

For over 10 years prior to founding Blackland, Michael invested as a principal of another private equity firm with over $700 million of assets under management, where he focused on food, beverage and services sectors and led the firm’s largest, most complex leveraged buyout, which was awarded the Association for Corporate Growth’s Deal of the Year, and the right-sizing of costs of a niche manufacturer, which was awarded Small Cap Deal of the Year by Buyouts magazine. Previously, he was a management consultant at Bain & Company advising consumer products and manufacturing companies. Mr. Ilagan also was Chief Operating Officer of a small health care services business and an acquisitions and insolvency attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Michael served on the Board of Directors for Carolina Beer and Beverage Holdings, LLC, Veritex Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: VBTX) and Huron, Inc. He also served on the Alumni Board of The University of Chicago and was President of The University of Chicago Club of Dallas-Ft. Worth. Mr. Ilagan currently serves on the Graham School Council at The University of Chicago and the Board of Advisors at Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Michael earned AB/MBA joint-degree in Economics and Accounting in 5 years from The University of Chicago and law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology and is a licensed attorney in Illinois, California and the United State Supreme Court.

 

Roundtable 2

CRITICAL FACTORS FOR A SUCCESSFUL EXIT STRATEGY

  • Discussion on how to design and execute an attractive exit strategy
  • Access to more flexible entry and exit timing to optimize market conditions
  • Establishing an exit strategy upfront to reduce exit-induced conflicts and saving time and money down the line
  • Developing and managing post-acquisition growth and exit strategies for portfolio companies
Christopher B. Eichmann

Christopher B. Eichmann

Managing Partner

PILLSMAN PARTNERS

Chris has worked with lower middle-market owners and companies for his entire career in multiple capacities, industries and geographies. He is currently active on the board of directors of Squan, SST Conveyor, and Bristol ID Technologies. Prior to starting Pillsman Partners, LLC, Chris led corporate development and strategic finance at Curtis Instruments, a global designer and assembler of power management and industrial vehicle components, while participating in all aspects of company operations and strategy. At Curtis he led bank and investor relationships, oversaw acquisition development, and managed new partnerships. Chris also initiated several leadership development programs as part of a broader succession planning effort. Prior to Curtis, Chris worked in domestic private equity at Hamilton Robinson, focused on originating investments in and around industrial instrumentation and fluid control markets. Earlier in his career he worked in Latin American private equity, banking (credit and lending), and asset management for Baring Private Equity Partners, JP Morgan Chase, and Compass Group Chile. Chris's industry experience includes business services, highly engineered products and processes, light manufacturing, consumer products, and food.

Mr. Eichmann earned an MBA from Columbia Business School in Finance and Management. He previously earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Lake Forest College.

Olivier Trouveroy

Olivier Trouveroy

Managing Partner

MTN CAPITAL PARTNERS LLC

Mr. Trouveroy is a managing partner MTN Capital Partners LLC, a firm he co-founded in 2003. He currently serves on the board of directors of several of MTN’s portfolio investments including Sound Lounge, Joliet Equipment Corporation and Rita’s Franchise Company.
From 1992 to 1996, Mr. Trouveroy was successively a senior investment professional at ING Capital and a senior partner at ING Equity Partners I, a $350 million captive fund, investing in distressed securities where these investments were often converted into control or influential minority equity stakes in companies, as well as in traditional buyouts. In 1996, the partners of ING Equity Partners I spun off from ING, and raised Hampshire Equity Partners II, an independent $357 million private equity fund. Mr. Trouveroy served on the board of directors of several of these funds’ investments, including Cost Plus, Inc., Accessline Technologies, Inc. espire Communications, Transcare, Kasper and was the Chairman of the Board of Citi Trends. He was also the Chairman of the Creditors’ Committee for the Leslie Fay Companies, Inc. and Phar-Mor, Inc.

From 1990 to 1992, Mr. Trouveroy was a managing director of General Electric Capital Corporation (“GECC”) based in Paris where he was in charge of GECC’s leveraged buyout activities in France. From 1984 to 1990, he was an investment banker in the Mergers and Acquisitions Department of Drexel Burnham Lambert in New York, most recently as a partner. From 1978 to 1983, he was a commercial banker at Continental Bank.

Mr. Trouveroy received an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.S. and M.S. in Economics from the University of Louvain in Belgium. Mr. Trouveroy passed the Certified Public Accountants’ examination in 1982. He is a board member and the Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Belgian American Educational Foundation

2:45 pm
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS: PART TWO

Roundtable 1

DEVELOPING MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL PARTNERSHIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL DEALS

  • Discuss the process for building an independent sponsor relationship and finding the right balance between the needs of each party
  • Showing skin in the game – investing alongside partner investors and helping management teams enhance the value of the acquisition
  • Learn how to approach not just private equity firm GPs, but mezzanine funds, hedge funds, family offices, and wealthy individuals
  • Finding the right partner for each deal – which type of capital provider is best suited for each deal structure?
Zach Wooldridge

Zach Wooldridge

Co-Founder

ELM CREEK PARTNERS

Zach Wooldridge is a founding partner at Elm Creek Partners, which is a Dallas-based private equity firm that makes investments of $5 to $20 million in equity in small to mid-sized growth companies. His firm is looking for talented entrepreneurs to pair with profitable companies in niche manufacturing, industrial services, healthcare, and transaction processing with revenue of $5 - $50 million, preferably based in Texas and surrounding states. They do not invest in businesses that are early stage or losing money.

Wooldridge co-founded Elm Creek Partners with business partner, Aaron Handler in 2007. Prior to that, he executed a similar investment strategy at Red River Ventures.
Before graduate school, he managed the development and deployment of internet based securities trading platforms for Investec Bank of South Africa out of their New
York office.

Wooldridge currently serves as a director FreeFlight Systems, TGE Industrial Services, and The Care Group. He just completed a year-long role as interim CEO of the largest chain of urgent care and occupational health centers in New Orleans, MHM Urgent Care, which was sold to Ochsner Health. His private equity experience has covered the following industries: urgent care, in-home respiratory therapy and DME, wholesale optical labs, behavioral health and addiction recovery, avionics, community banking, magazine publishing, retailing, wholesale furniture, wholesale seafood, and refinery construction and maintenance services. He earned an MBA from SMU in 2002 and a B.S. in accounting from Washington & Lee University in 1996.

Wooldridge is the chairman of Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity. Habitat is the largest homebuilder in Dallas County, and it manages a social services organization, a
mortgage lending operation, and a multiunit retail operation.

He also serves as a trustee of The Episcopal School of Dallas, a premier coeducational college preparatory school serving pre-elementary through high school in a faithcentered environment. He has served on the audit, finance, advancement, and
nominating and governance committees.

Wooldridge is married with three young children. He and his wife actively support the Church of the Incarnation, Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, and The Episcopal School of Dallas.

Jim Hardin

Jim Hardin

Founder

VEIL

Jim Hardin is a Charlotte, NC-based investment professional who (a) invests equity as an LP in independent sponsor-backed companies, and (b) provides independent sponsors with capital introductions to other potential equity capital partners (through an affiliation with Emerson Equity LLC, Registered Broker-Dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC). Jim also founded Veil, a tech-enabled pre-marketing service that connects small private equity fund managers with US-based institutional LPs.

He is a former principal at Global Endowment Management ("GEM"), an outsourced endowment-style investment firm founded by Duke University's and The Duke Endowment's former CIOs. While at GEM, he was primarily responsible for private equity and venture capital fund and co-investments. He also owned a small business and was an active board member until a successful exit in 2017.

Prior to joining GEM, Jim was an investment professional at Farallon Capital's Noonday Asset Management, where he was part of a two-person team overseeing a long/short equity and merger arbitrage portfolio focused on healthcare companies.

Jim believes that he brings independent sponsors a unique skillset and experience as a business owner, senior professional at an institutional LP, and investment professional at a world-class hedge fund.

He holds an AB in Economics from Harvard College and is married with four young children.

Roundtable 2

GETTING FUND GOVERNANCE AND REGULATORY COMPLIANCE RIGHT

  • Addressing increased scrutiny and concern f rom regulators about independent sponsors
  • Key things to factor when structuring equity interests for independent sponsors
  • Effectively handling regulatory uncertainty and mitigating your risk when structuring deals
  • How will impending regulatory developments, such as the SEC’s view of broker-dealer compensation, impact the independent sponsor model?
Gerson Guzman

Gerson Guzman

Managing Director & CCO

CORINTHIAN CAPITAL GROUP

Mr. Guzman is a Managing Director at Corinthian Capital, LLC, a middle-market private equity firm focused on control equity investments in North America. He has diverse experience across entrepreneurial endeavors, private equity, strategy consulting, and corporate operations. Prior to joining Corinthian, Mr. Guzman worked at Clearview Capital, LLC. Additionally, he was a consultant at Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman) providing strategic advice to Global 500 firms across a variety of domestic and international engagements in the telecommunications, media and entertainment, financial services, energy, and transportation industries. Prior to Mercer, he was a manager with SBC Communications (now AT&T) where he led a group of technicians responsible for testing and troubleshooting telephone and data networks and was responsible for managing relationships with competitive licensed exchange carriers.

At Corinthian Capital, Mr. Guzman is responsible for executing transactions and portfolio management. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Sabre Industries, Inc. and Audio and Video Labs Holdings, Inc. In addition, Mr. Guzman as Chief Compliance Officer is primarily responsible for oversight of the management company’s compliance program. Mr. Guzman currently serves as Chairman of Excelin Holdings, LLC and is on the Board of Directors of Control Solutions LLC, Renegade Holding Company, LLC, Best Lighting Holding Company, Inc., and M&R Group Holdings, LLC. Mr. Guzman also serves as a member of the board for Tierra Mia Coffee Company, a privately held regional chain of high-quality Latino themed coffeehouses. Mr. Guzman is a partner in Lawless Holdings, LLC which owns and operates Harley-Davidson dealerships in Seattle, WA and Scott City, MO. He is a member of the board of the New America Alliance and serves on the Northeast Advisory Board of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

Mr. Guzman has completed coursework at the Universität Bayreuth in Germany and FundaçãoGetulio Vargas in Brazil. He was named a Chancellor’s Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley (B.A. 1998). He is a graduate of the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania (M.A. 2005) and the Wharton School (M.B.A. 2005).Mr. Guzman is a Managing Director at Corinthian Capital, LLC, a middle-market private equity firm focused on control equity investments in North America. He has diverse experience across entrepreneurial endeavors, private equity, strategy consulting, and corporate operations. Prior to joining Corinthian, Mr. Guzman worked at Clearview Capital, LLC. Additionally, he was a consultant at Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman) providing strategic advice to Global 500 firms across a variety of domestic and international engagements in the telecommunications, media and entertainment, financial services, energy, and transportation industries. Prior to Mercer, he was a manager with SBC Communications (now AT&T) where he led a group of technicians responsible for testing and troubleshooting telephone and data networks and was responsible for managing relationships with competitive licensed exchange carriers.

At Corinthian Capital, Mr. Guzman is responsible for executing transactions and portfolio management. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Sabre Industries, Inc. and Audio and Video Labs Holdings, Inc. In addition, Mr. Guzman as Chief Compliance Officer is primarily responsible for oversight of the management company’s compliance program. Mr. Guzman currently serves as Chairman of Excelin Holdings, LLC and is on the Board of Directors of Control Solutions LLC, Renegade Holding Company, LLC, Best Lighting Holding Company, Inc., and M&R Group Holdings, LLC. Mr. Guzman also serves as a member of the board for Tierra Mia Coffee Company, a privately held regional chain of high-quality Latino themed coffeehouses. Mr. Guzman is a partner in Lawless Holdings, LLC which owns and operates Harley-Davidson dealerships in Seattle, WA and Scott City, MO. He is a member of the board of the New America Alliance and serves on the Northeast Advisory Board of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

Mr. Guzman has completed coursework at the Universität Bayreuth in Germany and FundaçãoGetulio Vargas in Brazil. He was named a Chancellor’s Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley (B.A. 1998). He is a graduate of the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania (M.A. 2005) and the Wharton School (M.B.A. 2005).

Zubin Avari

Zubin Avari

General Partner

CHARTER OAK EQUITY

Zubin has been with Charter Oak Equity and its predecessor fund since 1998. He serves on the boards of Cirtec, Brook & Whittle, Shelter Logic, and Sinteris. In his tenure at Charter Oak Equity, Zubin has served various operational roles at portfolio companies including roles such as executive chairman and interim CFO. Prior to joining Charter Oak Equity, he was at Crowe Chizek (now Crowe Horwath) as a CPA in their audit, tax and mergers and acquisition departments. He attended Illinois Wesleyan University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Accounting

3:15 pm
AFTERNOON NETWORKING BREAK
3:30 pm
BUSINESS BUILDING ONE-ON-ONE NETWORKING MEETINGS

Sector-specific meetings dedicated to developing partnerships unique to your business model. This unique addition to the program will provide you with the opportunity to meet exclusively with those independent sponsors or capital providers specializing in investments in the same sector and market as you are. We will provide you with a full list of participating capital providers and independent sponsors, and offer 90 minutes of free-flowing networking to meet with the most relevant contacts. You will have the chance then to evaluate the potential for future business opportunities and make the most of your time. These meetings will conclude with our cocktail hour to offer additional unstructured networking time with any independent sponsors or capital providers you may not yet have met.

4:30 pm
CHAIRPERSON’S SUMMARY & NETWORKING RECEPTION

SPEED NETWORKING BREAKFAST:

ONE-ON-ONE STRUCTURED SESSIONS

Tuesday January 16, 2018

9:30 am to 10:15 am

Join us for our speed networking series in this exclusive part of the program. Here you will sign up for concise and focused one-on-one meetings between independent sponsors and capital providers will connect and evaluate potential mutual business opportunities and partnerships. We will provide you with information on all of the other participants to allow you to choose the most relevant and focused meetings during this time on site. This part of the program is a unique and focused way to help you establish relevant new contacts and generate fresh business opportunities.

PRE-SUMMIT WORKSHOP A:

SO YOU WANT TO BE AN INDEPENDENT SPONSOR? KEY TIPS FOR BUILDING OUT A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS

Tuesday January 16, 2018

10:30 am to 12:30 pm

  • Regulatory developments and what to expect going forward in 2018
  • Closing your first transaction: how to make your business stand out
  • The importance of relationships with investors
  • Successful strategies in deal sourcing
  • Understanding the development of fundraising, and effectively managing it deal-by-deal
  • The process and strategies of taking a transaction/closing fee
  • Seeking out alternative fee structures with service providers

Mark G. Fornasiero Mark G. Fornasiero
Managing Partner
CLARENDON GROUP

Mark co-founded Clarendon Group in 1998. He has over 25 years’ experience as a principal investor, board member, C-level executive, and management consultant focused on the transportation and logistics market space. Mark has sourced six Clarendon investments, and those that have been divested have produced a combined IRR over 35%. Mark conceived RoadLink, an intermodal logistics consolidation vehicle, as Clarendon’s first investment and worked with his Clarendon partners to organize and co-found the company in 2000. Following RoadLink’s formation, he guided the investment as a RoadLink board member and shareholder representative and served as CFO/SVP Finance & Acquisitions, Secretary/Treasurer and Chief Strategy Officer during his tenure. Over the course of his decade of RoadLink involvement, Mark executed over 25 acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and debt/equity financings comprising over $350 million of transaction value. Before launching Clarendon, Mark was a senior manager in the Transportation Management Consulting Practice of A.T. Kearney, where he led engagements in strategic development, M&A and profit improvement for transportation and private equity clients. Mark received an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was named an Arjay Miller Scholar. He received a BS in Operations Research and BA in Economics from Cornell University where he graduated with highest honors.

Douglas Song Douglas Song
Managing Partner
PRODOS CAPITAL MANAGEMENT

Mr. Song has a diverse background with over 25 years in principal investments, investment banking and operational experience. Mr. Song is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Prodos Capital Management (“PCM”), an investment firm focused on investmentsin the lower middle market. Prior to PCM, Mr. Song was the head of investments and corporate finance for Verus International, a boutique merchant banking firm that was co-founded by Citigroup. At Verus, Mr. Song led investments in both private and public companies in the emerging growth and middle market. Prior to Verus, Mr. Song was SVP of Corporate Development at On2 Technologies. At On2, Mr. Song led all aspects of strategic planning, financial analysis, mergers & acquisitions, financings and the capital markets. Prior to joining On2, Song was a Managing Director at Bluestone Capital Partners, where he was a senior banker and a manager in that firm's Corporate Finance Department. At BlueStone, Mr. Song was responsible for the execution of public offerings and private placements as well as merger and acquisition transactions. Mr. Song was a member of BlueStone's Management Committee and Commitment Committee. Previously, he held positions as an investment banker at Smith Barney in the Global Energy and Power Group and Chase Manhattan Bank in the Workout and M&A Groups. During his career as an investment banker, Mr. Song has executed over a billion dollars in public offerings, private placements, cross border mergers and acquisitions, and restructurings transactions. Mr. Song received a B.S. Degree from the School of Management at Boston University.

 

PRE-SUMMIT WORKSHOP B:

DEAL SOURCING SECRETS FOR A SOLID DEAL FLOW

Tuesday January 16, 2018

1:45 pm to 3:45 pm

  • Sourcing affordable deals in an overcrowded marketplace
  • How to effectively negotiate and gain leverage on investment terms
  • Avoiding unicorn deals and targeting peripheral opportunities
  • Quality over quantity - focus on doing fewer deals, but working each deal harder to drive returns
  • Identifying which sectors make sense to hunt for deals in right now
  • Assessing the pros and cons of raising a fund and what are your options if you want to do a deal without outside equity
  • Mastering the process of a quick turnaround

Richard Baum Richard Baum
Managing Partner
CONSUMER GROWTH PARTNERS

Mr. Baum is the Managing Partner of Consumer Growth Partners (CGP), a private equity investment and advisory firm with an exclusive focus on specialty retail and branded consumer products companies. Prior to founding CGP in 2005, Mr. Baum spent more than fifteen years as a sell-side equity research analyst with Sanford Bernstein, Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse where he was consistently ranked among the industry leaders in the annual Institutional Investor and Greenwich Associates polls. Mr. Baum led fifteen IPO and Secondary offerings for companies such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Cabela’s, Fila, Gymboree, Life Time Fitness, Talbots, Urban Outfitters, Yankee Candle Company and Zale Corporation.

Mr. Baum serves as Chairman of the Board of Harris Originals, Inc. and as a Board Director for Vera Bradley, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRA). He is also a Board Member of ACG New York and RMS (formerly the Retail Marketing Society.) Mr. Baum earned a BA degree in economics from the University of Michigan where he graduated magna cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors and a JD degree from Harvard Law School.

Johannes Zwick Johannes Zwick
Managing Partner
ZWICK PARTNERS

Johannes is the managing partner of Zwick Partners LP, a charlotte based Single Family Office. The firm invests directly into operating companies on its own, but also workswith independent sponsors, search funds, and larger funded sponsors on a co-investment basis. At Zwick Partners, Johannes spends most of this time sourcing and executing direct lower middle market private equity transactions, as well as monitoring the firm’s portfolio companies. Zwick Partners primarily looks to deploy equity capital, but is also comfortable investing in other parts of the capital structure (given the right opportunity).
Johannes holds a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College, as well as an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business with a concentration in Finance.

LUNCHEON WORKSHOP:

DEAL ECONOMICS, CAPITAL SOURCES AND SOURCING TECHNIQUES: ACQUISITION FINANCING FOR FUNDLESS SPONSORS

Wednesday January 17, 2018

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

  • Successful ways to negotiate better independent sponsor economics
  • Discussion on deal structures and fees for independent sponsors
  • Overcoming pressure on deal economics and finding bargains in a high valuation market
  • Focusing on institutional quality deal sourcing, execution and portfolio monitoring
  • Understand where capital sources are looking for proprietary deal flow

David Acharya David Acharya
Partner
AGI PARTNERS LLC

David Acharya is a Partner at AGI Partners LLC, an alternative investment management firm that deploys capital in private equity investments and special situation opportunities from its funds. In 2014, AGI earned ACG NY’s Private Equity Firm of the Year and was a Deal of the Year Finalist. Mr. Acharya is a Board Member of Aura XM, Inc., a leading provider of experiential marketing solutions for global clients and a portfolio company of AGI Partners LLC. Prior to his private equity investing career, he spent 10 years as an investment banker in the highly ranked leveraged finance groups of JP Morgan Chase and Toronto Dominion Securities where he advised, structured and raised over $18 billion of capital for leading financial sponsors, media, telecom, consumer product and other various companies across the globe. He also advised clients on debt tender/consent transactions that affected over $4 billion in debt. Mr. Acharya is a Board Member of the ACG NY Chapter, the premier association in New York City for middle market deal making professionals. Also, he is a member of the Advisory Board of The Sport Source. Mr. Acharya holds B.S. and M.B.A. degrees, both conferred with honors, from St. John’s University.

Jay Freund Jay Freund
Partner
CANAL HOLDINGS

Prior to joining Canal in 2014, Jay’s 25-year career has been focused upon the financial transaction sector, including investment banking and principal investing in private equity, mezzanine, and limited partnership commitments. He has worked previously with PNC Erieview Capital (fka National City Equity Partners), Banc One Capital Corporation, and The Ohio Company. Jay’s primary role at Canal is to help lead the efforts in originating, evaluating, closing, and managing portfolio company investments. He received a B.S. in economics from Ohio Northern University and his M.B.A. from the Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University.

SPEED NETWORKING BREAKFAST:

ONE-ON-ONE STRUCTURED SESSIONS

Tuesday January 16, 2018

9:30 am to 10:15 am

Join us for our speed networking series in this exclusive part of the program. Here you will sign up for concise and focused one-on-one meetings between independent sponsors and capital providers will connect and evaluate potential mutual business opportunities and partnerships. We will provide you with information on all of the other participants to allow you to choose the most relevant and focused meetings during this time on site. This part of the program is a unique and focused way to help you establish relevant new contacts and generate fresh business opportunities.

PRE-SUMMIT WORKSHOP A:

SO YOU WANT TO BE AN INDEPENDENT SPONSOR? KEY TIPS FOR BUILDING OUT A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS

Tuesday January 16, 2018

10:30 am to 12:30 pm

  • Regulatory developments and what to expect going forward in 2018
  • Closing your first transaction: how to make your business stand out
  • The importance of relationships with investors
  • Successful strategies in deal sourcing
  • Understanding the development of fundraising, and effectively managing it deal-by-deal
  • The process and strategies of taking a transaction/closing fee
  • Seeking out alternative fee structures with service providers

Mark G. Fornasiero Mark G. Fornasiero
Managing Partner
CLARENDON GROUP

Mark co-founded Clarendon Group in 1998. He has over 25 years’ experience as a principal investor, board member, C-level executive, and management consultant focused on the transportation and logistics market space. Mark has sourced six Clarendon investments, and those that have been divested have produced a combined IRR over 35%. Mark conceived RoadLink, an intermodal logistics consolidation vehicle, as Clarendon’s first investment and worked with his Clarendon partners to organize and co-found the company in 2000. Following RoadLink’s formation, he guided the investment as a RoadLink board member and shareholder representative and served as CFO/SVP Finance & Acquisitions, Secretary/Treasurer and Chief Strategy Officer during his tenure. Over the course of his decade of RoadLink involvement, Mark executed over 25 acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and debt/equity financings comprising over $350 million of transaction value. Before launching Clarendon, Mark was a senior manager in the Transportation Management Consulting Practice of A.T. Kearney, where he led engagements in strategic development, M&A and profit improvement for transportation and private equity clients. Mark received an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was named an Arjay Miller Scholar. He received a BS in Operations Research and BA in Economics from Cornell University where he graduated with highest honors.

Douglas Song Douglas Song
Managing Partner
PRODOS CAPITAL MANAGEMENT

Mr. Song has a diverse background with over 25 years in principal investments, investment banking and operational experience. Mr. Song is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Prodos Capital Management (“PCM”), an investment firm focused on investmentsin the lower middle market. Prior to PCM, Mr. Song was the head of investments and corporate finance for Verus International, a boutique merchant banking firm that was co-founded by Citigroup. At Verus, Mr. Song led investments in both private and public companies in the emerging growth and middle market. Prior to Verus, Mr. Song was SVP of Corporate Development at On2 Technologies. At On2, Mr. Song led all aspects of strategic planning, financial analysis, mergers & acquisitions, financings and the capital markets. Prior to joining On2, Song was a Managing Director at Bluestone Capital Partners, where he was a senior banker and a manager in that firm's Corporate Finance Department. At BlueStone, Mr. Song was responsible for the execution of public offerings and private placements as well as merger and acquisition transactions. Mr. Song was a member of BlueStone's Management Committee and Commitment Committee. Previously, he held positions as an investment banker at Smith Barney in the Global Energy and Power Group and Chase Manhattan Bank in the Workout and M&A Groups. During his career as an investment banker, Mr. Song has executed over a billion dollars in public offerings, private placements, cross border mergers and acquisitions, and restructurings transactions. Mr. Song received a B.S. Degree from the School of Management at Boston University.

 

PRE-SUMMIT WORKSHOP B:

DEAL SOURCING SECRETS FOR A SOLID DEAL FLOW

Tuesday January 16, 2018

1:45 pm to 3:45 pm

  • Sourcing affordable deals in an overcrowded marketplace
  • How to effectively negotiate and gain leverage on investment terms
  • Avoiding unicorn deals and targeting peripheral opportunities
  • Quality over quantity - focus on doing fewer deals, but working each deal harder to drive returns
  • Identifying which sectors make sense to hunt for deals in right now
  • Assessing the pros and cons of raising a fund and what are your options if you want to do a deal without outside equity
  • Mastering the process of a quick turnaround

Richard Baum Richard Baum
Managing Partner
CONSUMER GROWTH PARTNERS

Mr. Baum is the Managing Partner of Consumer Growth Partners (CGP), a private equity investment and advisory firm with an exclusive focus on specialty retail and branded consumer products companies. Prior to founding CGP in 2005, Mr. Baum spent more than fifteen years as a sell-side equity research analyst with Sanford Bernstein, Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse where he was consistently ranked among the industry leaders in the annual Institutional Investor and Greenwich Associates polls. Mr. Baum led fifteen IPO and Secondary offerings for companies such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Cabela’s, Fila, Gymboree, Life Time Fitness, Talbots, Urban Outfitters, Yankee Candle Company and Zale Corporation.

Mr. Baum serves as Chairman of the Board of Harris Originals, Inc. and as a Board Director for Vera Bradley, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRA). He is also a Board Member of ACG New York and RMS (formerly the Retail Marketing Society.) Mr. Baum earned a BA degree in economics from the University of Michigan where he graduated magna cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors and a JD degree from Harvard Law School.

Johannes Zwick Johannes Zwick
Managing Partner
ZWICK PARTNERS

Johannes is the managing partner of Zwick Partners LP, a charlotte based Single Family Office. The firm invests directly into operating companies on its own, but also workswith independent sponsors, search funds, and larger funded sponsors on a co-investment basis. At Zwick Partners, Johannes spends most of this time sourcing and executing direct lower middle market private equity transactions, as well as monitoring the firm’s portfolio companies. Zwick Partners primarily looks to deploy equity capital, but is also comfortable investing in other parts of the capital structure (given the right opportunity).
Johannes holds a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College, as well as an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business with a concentration in Finance.

LUNCHEON WORKSHOP:

DEAL ECONOMICS, CAPITAL SOURCES AND SOURCING TECHNIQUES: ACQUISITION FINANCING FOR FUNDLESS SPONSORS

Wednesday January 17, 2018

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

  • Successful ways to negotiate better independent sponsor economics
  • Discussion on deal structures and fees for independent sponsors
  • Overcoming pressure on deal economics and finding bargains in a high valuation market
  • Focusing on institutional quality deal sourcing, execution and portfolio monitoring
  • Understand where capital sources are looking for proprietary deal flow

David Acharya David Acharya
Partner
AGI PARTNERS LLC

David Acharya is a Partner at AGI Partners LLC, an alternative investment management firm that deploys capital in private equity investments and special situation opportunities from its funds. In 2014, AGI earned ACG NY’s Private Equity Firm of the Year and was a Deal of the Year Finalist. Mr. Acharya is a Board Member of Aura XM, Inc., a leading provider of experiential marketing solutions for global clients and a portfolio company of AGI Partners LLC. Prior to his private equity investing career, he spent 10 years as an investment banker in the highly ranked leveraged finance groups of JP Morgan Chase and Toronto Dominion Securities where he advised, structured and raised over $18 billion of capital for leading financial sponsors, media, telecom, consumer product and other various companies across the globe. He also advised clients on debt tender/consent transactions that affected over $4 billion in debt. Mr. Acharya is a Board Member of the ACG NY Chapter, the premier association in New York City for middle market deal making professionals. Also, he is a member of the Advisory Board of The Sport Source. Mr. Acharya holds B.S. and M.B.A. degrees, both conferred with honors, from St. John’s University.

Jay Freund Jay Freund
Partner
CANAL HOLDINGS

Prior to joining Canal in 2014, Jay’s 25-year career has been focused upon the financial transaction sector, including investment banking and principal investing in private equity, mezzanine, and limited partnership commitments. He has worked previously with PNC Erieview Capital (fka National City Equity Partners), Banc One Capital Corporation, and The Ohio Company. Jay’s primary role at Canal is to help lead the efforts in originating, evaluating, closing, and managing portfolio company investments. He received a B.S. in economics from Ohio Northern University and his M.B.A. from the Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University.

Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Daniel E. Pansing

Daniel E. Pansing

Managing Director

MERIT CAPITAL PARTNERS

Mr. Pansing is a Managing Director at Merit Capital Partners, an investor of junior capital in middle-market companies. Dan joined Merit in 1999 and is involved in all aspects of the firm’s business including fundraising and LP relations, deal origination, transaction execution and portfolio company oversight. Dan is one of the leaders of Merit’s efforts to develop and expand its relationships with independent sponsors, and has completed several transactions with these groups. Dan began his career at the First National Bank of Omaha, and later worked at LaSalle Bank, NA in Chicago where he focused on leveraged and commercial loan transactions. He received his MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA and his BS from Miami University (Ohio). Dan lives with his wife and two daughters in Western Springs, Illinois.

Keynote Speaker

Max DeZara

Max DeZara

Managing Partner

AKOYA CAPITAL PARTNERS

Max founded Akoya Capital Partners in 2005. He serves as Managing Partner of the company and is involved in overseeing all aspects of the operation.

Max has sourced, evaluated, valued, and structured numerous investment opportunities across a variety of industries including manufacturing, professional information services, consumer foods and specialty chemicals. Max is uniquely expert at partnering with industry-leading executives to develop proprietary investment opportunities for private equity co-sponsorship. The strategies he has developed and teams he has partnered with have created substantial shareholder value. Since its inception, Akoya has completed 13 platform investments and numerous add-on acquisitions across the portfolio.

Prior to forming Akoya Capital, Max spent over 20 years in talent acquisition, assessment and human capital consulting, most as the founder and leader of the Carlyle Group, a leading Midwest boutique retained executive search and consulting firm. In 1998, Max sold Carlyle Group to The Whitney Group, creating a top-ten global executive search firm with eight offices worldwide. During his tenure with The Whitney Group, he was elected vice chairman and served on Whitney’s board of directors and lead their global private equity practice.

Max is an active member of the Association For Corporate Growth, and the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors. Additionally, Max works closely with our portfolio companies ICM Products, Milamar Coatings, Eddy Packing Company, Edge Adhesives, Inflexxion and Indigo Signworks.

Max is also the Chairman of the Century Foundation, a non-profit board focused on the development of Lane Tech College Prep High School.

 

Nicholas S. Russell

Nicholas S. Russell

Partner

TUCKERMAN CAPITAL

Nicholas S. Russell is a partner at Tuckerman Capital (“Tuckerman”). Mr. Russell is responsible, together with his two partners, for all aspects of Tuckerman’s business including developing relationships with new deal partners (operating executives and independent sponsors), originating and executing investments, board level governance and strategic engagement with portfolio companies, and investor facing activities.

Prior to Tuckerman, Mr. Russell was a principal at North Star Advisors, an investment advisory firm where he advised private investors, worked with portfolio company boards and senior management teams, and executed investments in lower and middle-market companies. Before North Star, Mr. Russell was a member of the private equity practice at Oliver Wyman Group (previously known as Mercer Management Consulting).

Mr. Russell currently sits on the boards of Orthofeet, Six15 Technologies, Pacific Northern, TRS Global, and Freedom Communication Technologies and has been involved with the board governance at several other Tuckerman investments.

Mr. Russell earned an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

Richard Baum

Richard Baum

Managing Partner

CONSUMER GROWTH PARTNERS

Mr. Baum is the Managing Partner of Consumer Growth Partners (CGP), a private equity investment and advisory firm with an exclusive focus on specialty retail and branded consumer products companies. Prior to founding CGP in 2005, Mr. Baum spent more than fifteen years as a sell-side equity research analyst with Sanford Bernstein, Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse where he was consistently ranked among the industry leaders in the annual Institutional Investor and Greenwich Associates polls. Mr. Baum led fifteen IPO and Secondary offerings for companies such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Cabela’s, Fila, Gymboree, Life Time Fitness, Talbots, Urban Outfitters, Yankee Candle Company and Zale Corporation.

Mr. Baum serves as Chairman of the Board of Harris Originals, Inc. and as a Board Director for Vera Bradley, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRA). He is also a Board Member of ACG New York and RMS (formerly the Retail Marketing Society.) Mr. Baum earned a BA degree in economics from the University of Michigan where he graduated magna cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors and a JD degree from Harvard Law School.

David Acharya

David Acharya

Partner

AGI PARTNERS LLC

David Acharya is a Partner at AGI Partners LLC, an alternative investment management firm that deploys capital in private equity investments and special situation opportunities from its funds. In 2014, AGI earned ACG NY’s Private Equity Firm of the Year and was a Deal of the Year Finalist. Mr. Acharya is a Board Member of Aura XM, Inc., a leading provider of experiential marketing solutions for global clients and a portfolio company of AGI Partners LLC. Prior to his private equity investing career, he spent 10 years as an investment banker in the highly ranked leveraged finance groups of JP Morgan Chase and Toronto Dominion Securities where he advised, structured and raised over $18 billion of capital for leading financial sponsors, media, telecom, consumer product and other various companies across the globe. He also advised clients on debt tender/consent transactions that affected over $4 billion in debt. Mr. Acharya is a Board Member of the ACG NY Chapter, the premier association in New York City for middle market deal making professionals. Also, he is a member of the Advisory Board of The Sport Source. Mr. Acharya holds B.S. and M.B.A. degrees, both conferred with honors, from St. John’s University.

Mark G. Fornasiero

Mark G. Fornasiero

Managing Partner

CLARENDON GROUP

Mark co-founded Clarendon Group in 1998. He has over 25 years’ experience as a principal investor, board member, C-level executive, and management consultant focused on the transportation and logistics market space. Mark has sourced six Clarendon investments, and those that have been divested have produced a combined IRR over 35%. Mark conceived RoadLink, an intermodal logistics consolidation vehicle, as Clarendon’s first investment and worked with his Clarendon partners to organize and co-found the company in 2000. Following RoadLink’s formation, he guided the investment as a RoadLink board member and shareholder representative and served as CFO/SVP Finance & Acquisitions, Secretary/Treasurer and Chief Strategy Officer during his tenure. Over the course of his decade of RoadLink involvement, Mark executed over 25 acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and debt/equity financings comprising over $350 million of transaction value. Before launching Clarendon, Mark was a senior manager in the Transportation Management Consulting Practice of A.T. Kearney, where he led engagements in strategic development, M&A and profit improvement for transportation and private equity clients. Mark received an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was named an Arjay Miller Scholar. He received a BS in Operations Research and BA in Economics from Cornell University where he graduated with highest honors.

Christopher Sheeren

Christopher Sheeren

Partner

HURON CAPITAL

Chris is responsible for sourcing and evaluating investments made by Huron, as well as marketing and business development activities. He also oversees the firm’s executive network. He is a frequent presenter, moderator, and/or panelist at various M&A industry events and business roundtables. His experience includes serving as a financial advisor for middle market businesses in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Prior to Huron, Chris was with Conway MacKenzie, a crisis-management and turnaround consulting firm. He gained extensive experience guiding clients through various bankruptcy and out-of-court workout situations, serving as interim CFO, controller or financial advisor. Prior to Conway, Chris was with PricewaterhouseCoopers as an audit manager, Procter & Gamble as a financial analyst, and Revlon as a sales professional.

Education includes a B.A. from the University of Nebraska, M.B.A. from the University of Michigan; Registered CPA. Board Affiliations: Chris has served as a Director for numerous Huron portfolio companies, including Maple Leaf Automotive and Apex Laboratories International (among others).

Michael Arguelles

Michael Arguelles

Managing Director

STONEHENGE PARTNERS

In his role, Mike is responsible for the deal sourcing activities at the firm. These activities include managing and establishing relationships with intermediaries, sponsors, and investment bankers. In addition, Mike is actively involved in negotiating new investments and managing existing portfolio companies. Prior to joining Stonehenge Partners in 2002, Mike was with The Huntington Capital Investment Company-Mezzanine Fund, where he was responsible for deal origination, due diligence, and structuring investments. Mike graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S.B.A. in Finance. Mike received his M.B.A. with a concentration in finance from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.

Yelena Edelstein

Yelena Edelstein

Deal Partner

BLACKMORE PARTNERS

Yelena Edelstein is Deal Partner at Blackmore Partners Inc. – a Chicago-based Private Equity Independent Sponsor firm that, since 2005, has been partnering with senior operating executives and finest companies to fully realize the companies’ value creation potential.

Most recently, Yelena played a key role in the deal to merge multiple companies and form Logistyx Technologies – the instant leader in transportation management execution and the world’s first global parcel analytics platform.

Prior to Blackmore, Yelena was Principal at Amicus Capital Partners – a private equity firm with exclusive focus on the healthcare industry, and with WMG Capital – a private investment firm focused on the Business Services sector.

Yelena founded two independent consulting firms: a technology consultancy specializing in the design and architecture of strategic technology solutions, and a management consultancy focused on business architecture and capability-driven strategy. Throughout her consulting career, Yelena consistently stayed at the frontier of the technology and industry curves to deliver innovative business and technology solutions for Fortune 500, mid-size, and start-up companies across Insurance, Financial
Services, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Telecom, Human Resources, Leasing, and Restaurant/Retail sectors.

Yelena received her MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and completed coursework in Mathematics and Informatics at universities in Ukraine and Russia.

Douglas Song

Douglas Song

Managing Partner

PRODOS CAPITAL MANAGEMENT

Mr. Song has a diverse background with over 25 years in principal investments, investment banking and operational experience. Mr. Song is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Prodos Capital Management (“PCM”), an investment firm focused on investmentsin the lower middle market. Prior to PCM, Mr. Song was the head of investments and corporate finance for Verus International, a boutique merchant banking firm that was co-founded by Citigroup. At Verus, Mr. Song led investments in both private and public companies in the emerging growth and middle market. Prior to Verus, Mr. Song was SVP of Corporate Development at On2 Technologies. At On2, Mr. Song led all aspects of strategic planning, financial analysis, mergers & acquisitions, financings and the capital markets. Prior to joining On2, Song was a Managing Director at Bluestone Capital Partners, where he was a senior banker and a manager in that firm's Corporate Finance Department. At BlueStone, Mr. Song was responsible for the execution of public offerings and private placements as well as merger and acquisition transactions. Mr. Song was a member of BlueStone's Management Committee and Commitment Committee. Previously, he held positions as an investment banker at Smith Barney in the Global Energy and Power Group and Chase Manhattan Bank in the Workout and M&A Groups. During his career as an investment banker, Mr. Song has executed over a billion dollars in public offerings, private placements, cross border mergers and acquisitions, and restructurings transactions. Mr. Song received a B.S. Degree from the School of Management at Boston University.

 

Christopher B. Eichmann

Christopher B. Eichmann

Managing Partner

PILLSMAN PARTNERS

Chris has worked with lower middle-market owners and companies for his entire career in multiple capacities, industries and geographies. He is currently active on the board of directors of Squan, SST Conveyor, and Bristol ID Technologies. Prior to starting Pillsman Partners, LLC, Chris led corporate development and strategic finance at Curtis Instruments, a global designer and assembler of power management and industrial vehicle components, while participating in all aspects of company operations and strategy. At Curtis he led bank and investor relationships, oversaw acquisition development, and managed new partnerships. Chris also initiated several leadership development programs as part of a broader succession planning effort. Prior to Curtis, Chris worked in domestic private equity at Hamilton Robinson, focused on originating investments in and around industrial instrumentation and fluid control markets. Earlier in his career he worked in Latin American private equity, banking (credit and lending), and asset management for Baring Private Equity Partners, JP Morgan Chase, and Compass Group Chile. Chris's industry experience includes business services, highly engineered products and processes, light manufacturing, consumer products, and food.

Mr. Eichmann earned an MBA from Columbia Business School in Finance and Management. He previously earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Lake Forest College.

Jay Freund

Jay Freund

Partner

CANAL HOLDINGS

Prior to joining Canal in 2014, Jay’s 25-year career has been focused upon the financial transaction sector, including investment banking and principal investing in private equity, mezzanine, and limited partnership commitments. He has worked previously with PNC Erieview Capital (fka National City Equity Partners), Banc One Capital Corporation, and The Ohio Company. Jay’s primary role at Canal is to help lead the efforts in originating, evaluating, closing, and managing portfolio company investments. He received a B.S. in economics from Ohio Northern University and his M.B.A. from the Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University.

Ben Schneider

Ben Schneider

Managing Partner

BASE EQUITY PARTNERS

Headquartered in New York City, BASE Equity Partners was founded in 2013 by Ben Schneider and Anthony Ekmekjian. Prior to co-founding BASE, Schneider was a member of the Senior Executive Team at IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) as Chief of Staff, reporting directly to the CEO, and focusing on areas of Strategy, Corporate Development / M&A, Marketing & Communications, Budgeting, Operating Plans, and operations in China. Prior to co-founding BASE, Ekmekjian was a member of the investment teams at CCMP Capital Advisors (formerly known as JP Morgan Partners), Lindsay Goldberg LLC, and the Goldman Sachs Private Equity Group.

Sachin Sarnobat

Sachin Sarnobat

Managing Director

ATALAYA CAPITAL MANAGEMENT

Zach Wooldridge

Zach Wooldridge

Co-Founder

ELM CREEK PARTNERS

Zach Wooldridge is a founding partner at Elm Creek Partners, which is a Dallas-based private equity firm that makes investments of $5 to $20 million in equity in small to mid-sized growth companies. His firm is looking for talented entrepreneurs to pair with profitable companies in niche manufacturing, industrial services, healthcare, and transaction processing with revenue of $5 - $50 million, preferably based in Texas and surrounding states. They do not invest in businesses that are early stage or losing money.

Wooldridge co-founded Elm Creek Partners with business partner, Aaron Handler in 2007. Prior to that, he executed a similar investment strategy at Red River Ventures.
Before graduate school, he managed the development and deployment of internet based securities trading platforms for Investec Bank of South Africa out of their New
York office.

Wooldridge currently serves as a director FreeFlight Systems, TGE Industrial Services, and The Care Group. He just completed a year-long role as interim CEO of the largest chain of urgent care and occupational health centers in New Orleans, MHM Urgent Care, which was sold to Ochsner Health. His private equity experience has covered the following industries: urgent care, in-home respiratory therapy and DME, wholesale optical labs, behavioral health and addiction recovery, avionics, community banking, magazine publishing, retailing, wholesale furniture, wholesale seafood, and refinery construction and maintenance services. He earned an MBA from SMU in 2002 and a B.S. in accounting from Washington & Lee University in 1996.

Wooldridge is the chairman of Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity. Habitat is the largest homebuilder in Dallas County, and it manages a social services organization, a
mortgage lending operation, and a multiunit retail operation.

He also serves as a trustee of The Episcopal School of Dallas, a premier coeducational college preparatory school serving pre-elementary through high school in a faithcentered environment. He has served on the audit, finance, advancement, and
nominating and governance committees.

Wooldridge is married with three young children. He and his wife actively support the Church of the Incarnation, Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, and The Episcopal School of Dallas.

Ben deTar Wilhite

Ben deTar Wilhite

Co-Founder & Partner

CARUTH CAPITAL PARTNERS

Headquartered in Dallas, TX, Caruth Capital Partners (“CCP” or “Caruth Capital”) is a private equity firm founded by two career private equity professionals, Ben deTar Wilhite and Tim Wegener. Caruth Capital seeks to acquire controlling interests in lower-middle market businesses and partners with management to accelerate growth and meaningfully improve operations through disciplined value-creation methodologies.

The founders of CCP have invested and operated in over 100 businesses across a wide variety of industries. Mr. Wilhite and his partner are responsible together for all aspects of CCP’s business including deal origination, fundraising, investor relations, principal investing, strategic engagement with portfolio companies and board level governance.

Prior to founding Caruth Capital, Mr. Wilhite spent almost a decade as a principal investor for SunTx Capital Partners, a lower-middle market buyout firm in Dallas, TX.

David McReynolds

David McReynolds

Managing Partner

FIVE CROWNS CAPITAL, LLC

David McReynolds is Managing Partner of Five Crowns Capital and has over 20 years of experience in originating, evaluating, advising, structuring and investing in middle market transactions. Over the course of his career, he has participated in private equity, corporate divestitures and carve-outs, special situations lending, M&A advisory, leveraged buyout lending and corporate finance transactions. He currently serves as Chairman of HCI Services, LLC and on the board of Cosmetic Design Group, LLC and Beautisol Holdings, LLC. Mr. McReynolds was previously with private equity firms Twin Haven Capital Partners and Versa Capital Management, each with approximately $1 billion in capital under management. Prior to this, he was a Principal and head of the Los Angeles office of the Special Situations Group within American Capital, Ltd., a publicly-traded investment company (NasdaqGS: ACAS) with $20 billion in capital under management at the time of his employ. Mr. McReynolds was a founding partner of Signature Capital Partners, LLC n/k/a Real Industry, Inc. and a Director of Acquisitions for Republic Financial Corporation, both special situations and private equity investment firms. Mr. McReynolds is a frequent speaker at industry leading conferences on the topics of private equity investing and special situations lending. He is actively involved with professional organizations and is a Past-President of the Southern California Chapter of Turnaround Management Association. Mr. McReynolds is a member of the Global One Chapter of YPO , is an AIRA Certified Insolvency & Restructuring Advisor (CIRA) and, a prior member of the Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle. Mr. McReynolds received his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and B.S. from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Jim Hardin

Jim Hardin

Founder

VEIL

Jim Hardin is a Charlotte, NC-based investment professional who (a) invests equity as an LP in independent sponsor-backed companies, and (b) provides independent sponsors with capital introductions to other potential equity capital partners (through an affiliation with Emerson Equity LLC, Registered Broker-Dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC). Jim also founded Veil, a tech-enabled pre-marketing service that connects small private equity fund managers with US-based institutional LPs.

He is a former principal at Global Endowment Management ("GEM"), an outsourced endowment-style investment firm founded by Duke University's and The Duke Endowment's former CIOs. While at GEM, he was primarily responsible for private equity and venture capital fund and co-investments. He also owned a small business and was an active board member until a successful exit in 2017.

Prior to joining GEM, Jim was an investment professional at Farallon Capital's Noonday Asset Management, where he was part of a two-person team overseeing a long/short equity and merger arbitrage portfolio focused on healthcare companies.

Jim believes that he brings independent sponsors a unique skillset and experience as a business owner, senior professional at an institutional LP, and investment professional at a world-class hedge fund.

He holds an AB in Economics from Harvard College and is married with four young children.

Michael D. Ilagan

Michael D. Ilagan

Managing Partner

BLACKLAND CAPITAL PARTNERS, LLC

Michael D. Ilagan is the founder and Managing Partner of Blackland Capital Partners, a private equity firm investing in industrial businesses serving food, beverage and water companies.

For over 10 years prior to founding Blackland, Michael invested as a principal of another private equity firm with over $700 million of assets under management, where he focused on food, beverage and services sectors and led the firm’s largest, most complex leveraged buyout, which was awarded the Association for Corporate Growth’s Deal of the Year, and the right-sizing of costs of a niche manufacturer, which was awarded Small Cap Deal of the Year by Buyouts magazine. Previously, he was a management consultant at Bain & Company advising consumer products and manufacturing companies. Mr. Ilagan also was Chief Operating Officer of a small health care services business and an acquisitions and insolvency attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Michael served on the Board of Directors for Carolina Beer and Beverage Holdings, LLC, Veritex Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: VBTX) and Huron, Inc. He also served on the Alumni Board of The University of Chicago and was President of The University of Chicago Club of Dallas-Ft. Worth. Mr. Ilagan currently serves on the Graham School Council at The University of Chicago and the Board of Advisors at Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Michael earned AB/MBA joint-degree in Economics and Accounting in 5 years from The University of Chicago and law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology and is a licensed attorney in Illinois, California and the United State Supreme Court.

 

Gerson Guzman

Gerson Guzman

Managing Director & CCO

CORINTHIAN CAPITAL GROUP

Mr. Guzman is a Managing Director at Corinthian Capital, LLC, a middle-market private equity firm focused on control equity investments in North America. He has diverse experience across entrepreneurial endeavors, private equity, strategy consulting, and corporate operations. Prior to joining Corinthian, Mr. Guzman worked at Clearview Capital, LLC. Additionally, he was a consultant at Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman) providing strategic advice to Global 500 firms across a variety of domestic and international engagements in the telecommunications, media and entertainment, financial services, energy, and transportation industries. Prior to Mercer, he was a manager with SBC Communications (now AT&T) where he led a group of technicians responsible for testing and troubleshooting telephone and data networks and was responsible for managing relationships with competitive licensed exchange carriers.

At Corinthian Capital, Mr. Guzman is responsible for executing transactions and portfolio management. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Sabre Industries, Inc. and Audio and Video Labs Holdings, Inc. In addition, Mr. Guzman as Chief Compliance Officer is primarily responsible for oversight of the management company’s compliance program. Mr. Guzman currently serves as Chairman of Excelin Holdings, LLC and is on the Board of Directors of Control Solutions LLC, Renegade Holding Company, LLC, Best Lighting Holding Company, Inc., and M&R Group Holdings, LLC. Mr. Guzman also serves as a member of the board for Tierra Mia Coffee Company, a privately held regional chain of high-quality Latino themed coffeehouses. Mr. Guzman is a partner in Lawless Holdings, LLC which owns and operates Harley-Davidson dealerships in Seattle, WA and Scott City, MO. He is a member of the board of the New America Alliance and serves on the Northeast Advisory Board of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

Mr. Guzman has completed coursework at the Universität Bayreuth in Germany and FundaçãoGetulio Vargas in Brazil. He was named a Chancellor’s Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley (B.A. 1998). He is a graduate of the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania (M.A. 2005) and the Wharton School (M.B.A. 2005).Mr. Guzman is a Managing Director at Corinthian Capital, LLC, a middle-market private equity firm focused on control equity investments in North America. He has diverse experience across entrepreneurial endeavors, private equity, strategy consulting, and corporate operations. Prior to joining Corinthian, Mr. Guzman worked at Clearview Capital, LLC. Additionally, he was a consultant at Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman) providing strategic advice to Global 500 firms across a variety of domestic and international engagements in the telecommunications, media and entertainment, financial services, energy, and transportation industries. Prior to Mercer, he was a manager with SBC Communications (now AT&T) where he led a group of technicians responsible for testing and troubleshooting telephone and data networks and was responsible for managing relationships with competitive licensed exchange carriers.

At Corinthian Capital, Mr. Guzman is responsible for executing transactions and portfolio management. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Sabre Industries, Inc. and Audio and Video Labs Holdings, Inc. In addition, Mr. Guzman as Chief Compliance Officer is primarily responsible for oversight of the management company’s compliance program. Mr. Guzman currently serves as Chairman of Excelin Holdings, LLC and is on the Board of Directors of Control Solutions LLC, Renegade Holding Company, LLC, Best Lighting Holding Company, Inc., and M&R Group Holdings, LLC. Mr. Guzman also serves as a member of the board for Tierra Mia Coffee Company, a privately held regional chain of high-quality Latino themed coffeehouses. Mr. Guzman is a partner in Lawless Holdings, LLC which owns and operates Harley-Davidson dealerships in Seattle, WA and Scott City, MO. He is a member of the board of the New America Alliance and serves on the Northeast Advisory Board of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

Mr. Guzman has completed coursework at the Universität Bayreuth in Germany and FundaçãoGetulio Vargas in Brazil. He was named a Chancellor’s Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley (B.A. 1998). He is a graduate of the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania (M.A. 2005) and the Wharton School (M.B.A. 2005).

Olivier Trouveroy

Olivier Trouveroy

Managing Partner

MTN CAPITAL PARTNERS LLC

Mr. Trouveroy is a managing partner MTN Capital Partners LLC, a firm he co-founded in 2003. He currently serves on the board of directors of several of MTN’s portfolio investments including Sound Lounge, Joliet Equipment Corporation and Rita’s Franchise Company.
From 1992 to 1996, Mr. Trouveroy was successively a senior investment professional at ING Capital and a senior partner at ING Equity Partners I, a $350 million captive fund, investing in distressed securities where these investments were often converted into control or influential minority equity stakes in companies, as well as in traditional buyouts. In 1996, the partners of ING Equity Partners I spun off from ING, and raised Hampshire Equity Partners II, an independent $357 million private equity fund. Mr. Trouveroy served on the board of directors of several of these funds’ investments, including Cost Plus, Inc., Accessline Technologies, Inc. espire Communications, Transcare, Kasper and was the Chairman of the Board of Citi Trends. He was also the Chairman of the Creditors’ Committee for the Leslie Fay Companies, Inc. and Phar-Mor, Inc.

From 1990 to 1992, Mr. Trouveroy was a managing director of General Electric Capital Corporation (“GECC”) based in Paris where he was in charge of GECC’s leveraged buyout activities in France. From 1984 to 1990, he was an investment banker in the Mergers and Acquisitions Department of Drexel Burnham Lambert in New York, most recently as a partner. From 1978 to 1983, he was a commercial banker at Continental Bank.

Mr. Trouveroy received an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.S. and M.S. in Economics from the University of Louvain in Belgium. Mr. Trouveroy passed the Certified Public Accountants’ examination in 1982. He is a board member and the Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Belgian American Educational Foundation

Michael Shein

Michael Shein

Managing Partner

CHARTWELL INVESTMENTS

Michael Shein is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Chartwell Investments, a private investment firm focused primarily on investing in and with family and entrepreneurially-owned middle and lower middle market businesses across a range of industries. Mike’s investment philosophy is focused on building long-term value and achieving better alignment of interests withentrepreneur partners through a customized transaction structure approach for each investment along with a longer-term investment horizon.

Mike has participated in the purchase or sale of businesses with aggregate transaction value in excess of $4 billion. He has over 25 years of experience in all facets of private equity investment transactions, including relationship building, strategic planning, deal sourcing and negotiation, valuation, structuring, debt and equity financing, board of director leadership and portfolio company oversight and restructuring. During his career, Mike has experience investing from most types of capital sources including a committed fund, family office, sole capital source vehicle, and as an independent sponsor.

Mike currently serves as a Director of Richard Childress Racing, and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Contract Datascan Holdings, Inc. and PPC Holdings, Inc. Mike has previously served as Chairman of the Board or as a Director of a number of privately held companies including Carey International, Bell Sports Holdings, Inc., Petro Stopping Centers, Idaho Timer Corp. and Sunpark.

Prior to co-founding Chartwell, Mike was a Senior Vice President of a private New York City-based investment firm, and an Analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions department at Goldman, Sachs & Company.Mike graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S.E., summa cum laude.

Johannes Zwick

Johannes Zwick

Managing Partner

ZWICK PARTNERS

Johannes is the managing partner of Zwick Partners LP, a charlotte based Single Family Office. The firm invests directly into operating companies on its own, but also workswith independent sponsors, search funds, and larger funded sponsors on a co-investment basis. At Zwick Partners, Johannes spends most of this time sourcing and executing direct lower middle market private equity transactions, as well as monitoring the firm’s portfolio companies. Zwick Partners primarily looks to deploy equity capital, but is also comfortable investing in other parts of the capital structure (given the right opportunity).
Johannes holds a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College, as well as an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business with a concentration in Finance.

Alex Allgood

Alex Allgood

Managing Director

VERIQUEST CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, LP

Mr. Alex Allgood has over 23 years of experience across a broad range of principal investment and investment banking roles. Over the course of his career, Mr. Allgood has closed over $40 billion of private equity, M&A, buyout and restructuring transactions primarily in the Consumer, Industrials/Materials, Business Services, Technology, Health Care and Energy sectors.

Mr. Allgood is a Managing Director and Founder of VeriQuest Capital Management, LP, where he sources, analyzes, negotiates, closes, manages and exits private equity and private debt investments on behalf of institutional and family office/HNW investors, originates private equity transactions on behalf of institutional and family office investors and, selectively, advises companies and investors on M&A, restructuring and capital formation transactions. Prior to focusing on VeriQuest on a full-time basis, and in addition to the VeriQuest role above, from 2011 to 2015, Mr. Allgood was a Managing Director on a non-exclusive basis in the Private Equity Group at Sowell & Co., a Dallas-based family office where he focused on control investments in lower middle market operating companies of up to $25 million of equity per transaction.

Prior to focusing on private equity and private debt investments at VeriQuest and Sowell & Co., Mr. Allgood co-developed VeriQuest’s liquid markets investment strategies as the founder of VeriQuest Capital Management, LP and was a co-founder of Wrangler Capital Management, LP, an SEC-registered long/short hedge fund backed by family office capital.

Prior to VeriQuest and Sowell & Co., Mr. Allgood was a Senior Vice President in the Mergers & Acquisitions department at Lehman Brothers, Inc. where he spent over 9 years, comprised of approximately seven years in New York and approximately two years in San Francisco/Menlo Park. While at Lehman Brothers, Mr. Allgood sourced, negotiated and executed M&A, buyout and restructuring transactions primarily in the Consumer, Industrials/Materials, Business Services, and Technology sectors and he spent significant amount of time working with Financial Sponsors. Additionally, Mr. Allgood was chosen to be the staffer assigned to managing the Analyst, Associate and Vice President resources of the West Coast Technology M&A Group while in San Francisco/Menlo Park. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Mr. Allgood worked in the Corporate Finance Group at Nesbitt Burns Securities, Inc. (now BMO Capital Markets) in New York where he focused primarily on Energy transactions and at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Houston in a non-audit, financial advisory capacity.

Mr. Allgood is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a BA in Finance and an MBA with a concentration in Finance and Dean’s List distinction.

Rob Bauer

Rob Bauer

Managing Member

BASSETT CREEK CAPITAL

Rob Bauer is a Managing Member at Bassett Creek Capital, a Minnesota based private equity firm focused on making investments in leading middle market companies in partnership with management and operating executives. Partnership is a key word for Bassett Creek because we strive to create a culture where management teaches us their craft (e.g. the operations of the business) and we teach management our craft (e.g. the private equity business). This partnership approach creates a “win-win” scenario for all stakeholders including owners, management, employees, customers and suppliers.

Mr. Bauer has 18 years of private equity experience and has completed over 30 M&A transactions worth over $3.0 billion in transaction value. Prior to founding Bassett Creek Capital, Mr. Bauer was a member of the private equity teams at New Stream Capital, Sterling Investment Partners and Piper Jaffray & Co.

Sylvie Gadant

Sylvie Gadant

Partner – Transaction Advisory Services

CITRIN COOPERMAN

Sylvie Gadant is a partner with the firm’s Private Equity Group and is the Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) practice leader. She coordinates and leads buy-side and sell-side due diligence engagements for private equity firms and strategic buyers. Sylvie has advised clients on over 200 transactions valued between $5 million and $300 million, including platform investments, add-on acquisitions, leveraged recapitalizations, carve-outs, and minority investments. Her areas of expertise include analyzing an acquisition target’s quality of earnings, understanding key performance indicators, assessing working capital requirements, and identifying key deal issues and risk areas. She also provides her clients with guidance on accounting for mergers and acquisitions, and works with legal counsel on the drafting of purchase and sale agreements, focusing on purchase price adjustment mechanisms, and financial statement representations. Sylvie is a frequent speaker, panelist and moderator for various industry forums. Sylvie is a recipient of the 2013 M&A Advisor “40 Under 40” award. A French native, Sylvie earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the Graduate School of Business in Bordeaux, France. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the States of New York and New Jersey.

Claudine M. Cohen

Claudine M. Cohen

Principal - Transactional Advisory Services

COHNREZNICK LLP

Claudine Cohen is a principal in CohnReznick Advisory’s Transactional Advisory Services practice. With more than 20 years of business experience, Claudine has developed an expertise in providing transactional advisory services, serving as an adviser to public and private companies, both domestically and internationally. She has worked with private equity investors, alternative investment funds, lenders, and strategic investors.
Claudine’s specific advisory activities include: strategic advisory, quality of earnings analyses, identifying revenue sources and profitability drivers, examining operating cost structure and sustainability factors, investigating business models including cash flow and financial projections, reviewing quality and realization of assets and liabilities, identifying working capital requirements and negotiating positions, post-close working capital verification, and adjustment mechanisms. Claudine has advised on a number of different types of buy- and sell-side transactions, including standalone platforms; carve-out of business segments, product line, or facility; bankruptcy auction processes; mergers; and industry consolidations.

Mina Pacheco Nazemi

Mina Pacheco Nazemi

Founder & Managing Partner

ALDEA CAPITAL PARTNERS

Saquib Toor

Saquib Toor

Managing Partner

BEACONHOUSE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, LLC

Zubin Avari

Zubin Avari

General Partner

CHARTER OAK EQUITY

Zubin has been with Charter Oak Equity and its predecessor fund since 1998. He serves on the boards of Cirtec, Brook & Whittle, Shelter Logic, and Sinteris. In his tenure at Charter Oak Equity, Zubin has served various operational roles at portfolio companies including roles such as executive chairman and interim CFO. Prior to joining Charter Oak Equity, he was at Crowe Chizek (now Crowe Horwath) as a CPA in their audit, tax and mergers and acquisition departments. He attended Illinois Wesleyan University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Accounting

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Every week, Hedge Fund Alert delivers the early intelligence you need to anticipate money-making openings in the fund-management arena. The newsletter tells you what tight-lipped fund managers don’t want you to know. It also uncovers the secret moves of investors and other industry players. See for yourself -- sign up for a 3-week FREE trial subscription to Hedge Fund Alert. Start your free trial at www.HFAlert.com, or call 201-659-1700.

Preqin

Preqin is the leading source of information for the alternative assets industry, providing data and analysis via online databases, publications and complimentary research reports. Preqin is an independent business with over 250 staff based in New York, London, Singapore, San Francisco and Hong Kong serving over 12,500 customers in 94 countries. 

Preqin has the most comprehensive and extensive information available on the private equity, hedge fund, real estate, infrastructure, private debt and natural resources industries, encompassing funds and fundraising, performance, fund managers, institutional investors, deals and fund terms. Leading alternative assets professionals from around the world rely on Preqin’s services daily, and its data and statistics are regularly quoted by the financial press. More information available at: www.preqin.com

Debtwire

Debtwire, an Acuris company, is the leading provider of expert news, data and analysis on global leveraged credit. Our end-to-end coverage goes behind the scenes from primary issuance to the first sign of stress through restructuring and beyond. With global breadth and local depth, Debtwire's award-winning editorial, research and legal analyst teams produce original content that helps subscribers make more informed decisions. Subscribers trust Debtwire - the pioneer in the market - for comprehensive coverage across geographies, companies and asset classes.

Albourne Village

Albourne Village is a free and independent website for the alternative investment industry, with over 100,000 users. This virtual community features a pub and library where residents exchange news, views and IP, a job centre, conference centre, business centre, and school. The Village is also home to a vast number of established industry contacts.

Hedge Connection

Hedge Connection has been helping managers and investors through web-based research, events and advisory work since 2005. Hedge Connection is the first and only internet- based platform that offers hedge funds direct access to a membership of opt-in qualified active hedge fund allocators. Investor members join for free and gain access to detailed information on hedge fund members. All members receive invitations to member`s only events and partner discounts. Learn more and Join the Club at www.hedgeconnection.com

Financial Poise

Financial Poise provides unbiased news, continuing education, and intelligence to private business owners, executives, investors, and their trusted advisors. To learn more about Financial Poise, please visit www.financialpoise.com.

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Stewart Hotel

371 7th Avenue

New York, NY

 

212.563.1800

https://www.stewarthotelnyc.com/

 

Manhattan NYC's high-energy Midtown location puts you at the crossroads of the city’s most iconic neighborhood districts- across from Pennsylvania Station and Madison Square Garden. You’ll be staying near Chelsea, just steps from Times Square and Fifth Avenue shopping. 

 

To reserve a spot on our rooming list, please contact info@iglobalforum.com.

Guests are also welcome to secure accommodations at the Park Lane Hotel, located in the vicinity of the event. To book a reservation via telephone at The Park Lane, please call 866-831-7211 & request that your reservations agent apply the iGlobal Forum Corporate Rate, or visit our personalized weblink for a 15% discount.

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