ASPIRE Cleveland 2017 Conference

Cleveland, Ohio
Thursday, May 18, 2017
2017 AGENDA

Thursday, May 18, 2017
7:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.


7:00 A.M. Registration, Coffee & Networking

7:30 A.M. Breakfast Is Served Presented by Thompson Hine

7:45 A.M. Kickoff & Introductions


8:00 A.M. ALL-ATTENDEE PANEL

Entrepreneurs' M&A Roundtable
[Presented by Fifth Third Bank]

  • Moderator: Jerry L. Kelsheimer, Fifth Third Bank
  • Panelist: Charles E. Hallberg, Renew Advantage
  • Panelist: Stewart Kohl, The Riverside Co.
  • Panelist: Len Pagon Jr., Robots and Pencils; Next Sparc
  • Panelist: Kenn Ricci, Directional Aviation Capital


9:00 A.M. WORKSHOPS 1 

SESSION A: How Technology & Innovation are Changing the Acquisition Process
[Presented by KJK] 

  • Moderator: Jon Pinney, KJK
  • Panelist: Julie Boland, EY
  • Panelist: Hoby Hanna, Howard Hanna 
  • Panelist: Chris Hyland, Hyland
  • Panelist: Ronald E. WeinbergWeinberg Capital Group

SESSION B: Navigating the Sell Side
[Presented by Western Reserve Partners/BDO USA LLP]

  • Moderator: Ralph M. Della Ratta, Western Reserve Partners
  • Panelist: Ed Kraine, The Fedeli Group
  • Panelist: Brian O'Neill, Tucker Ellis LLP
  • Panelist: Michael B. Petras Jr., Sterigenics International LLC
  • Panelist: Ross W. Vozar, BDO USA LLP

10:00 A.M. WORKSHOPS 2

SESSION A: Raising Capital for High-Growth Companies
[Presented by U.S. Bank/Skoda Minotti] 

  • Moderator: Alan M. Zang, U.S. Bank
  • Panelist: Ramzi Y. Hermiz, Shiloh Industries Inc.
  • Panelist: Chris Jones, Align Capital Partners
  • Panelist: Bill R. Sanford, Symark LLC
  • Panelist: Gregory J. Skoda, Skoda Minotti

SESSION B: Preparing for a Liquidity Event — Tales from the Front Lines
[Presented by McDonald Hopkins LLC] 

  • Moderator: Dave Kall, McDonald Hopkins LLC
  • Panelist: Philip Alexander, Brandmuscle Inc.
  • Panelist: Christal L. Contini, McDonald Hopkins LLC
  • Panelist: Jenniffer D. Deckard, Fairmount Santrol
  • Panelist: Dan Zelman, Paro Services Co.

11:00 A.M. MORNING KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Steven J. Demetriou
Chairman and CEO
Jacobs

NOON NETWORKING LUNCH
Presented by BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Lunch Talk with:
John & Bill Nottingham
Nottingham Spirk

Lifetime Achievement Award presented to:
William E. Conway
Director, Chairman Emeritus
Fairmount Santrol

1:00 P.M. AFTERNOON KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Edward F. Crawford

Chairman and CEO
ParkOhio Holdings Corp., The Crawford Group

2:00 P.M. WORKSHOPS 3
SESSION A: 
Growth through Acquisitions — Best practices to complement organic growth
[Presented by Cascade Partners]
  • Moderator: Ken Marblestone, Cascade Partners
  • Panelist: George M. Chase, ChromaScape Inc.
  • Panelist: Tony Mazzella, Mazzella Cos.
  • Panelist: Bert Smyers, New Heights Research
  • Panelist: André Thornton, ASW Global LLC
SESSION B: Creating Value on the Sell Side

[Presented by First National Bank/Oswald Companies] 

  • Moderator: Boyd Pethel, First National Bank
  • Panelist: Gregg A. Eisenberg, Benesch
  • Panelist: Michael Gibbons, Brown Gibbons Lang & Co.
  • Panelist: Steve Lee, Transactional Risk Advisors
  • Panelist: Steve Rosen, Resilience Capital Partners


3:00 P.M. WORKSHOPS 4
SESSION A: Raising Capital — Are you well-funded?

[Presented by KeyBank]

  • Moderator: Matthew W. Nipper, KeyBank
  • Panelist: Lloyd W. W. Bell III, Meaden & Moore
  • Panelist: Aaron Grossman, Alliance Solutions Group
  • Panelist: Jeffrey KadlicEvolution Capital Partners
  • Panelist: Jonathon H. Vinocur, Thompson Hine

SESSION B: Before and After the Sale — Are you prepared?
[Presented by MAI Capital Management LLC/BakerHostetler] 

  • Moderator: Richard J. Buoncore, MAI Capital Management LLC
  • Panelist: Mark Goldfarb, BDO USA LLP
  • Panelist: Joe Olszak, The Townsend Group
  • Panelist: Peter W. Van Euwen III, BakerHostetler

4:00 P.M. COCKTAILS & NETWORKING RECEPTION
Presented by AMWARE

* As of May 17, 2017

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