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Grand Rapids, Mich
Sept. 6-7, 2017

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About GLCC 2017

The Great Lakes Capital Connection is a dynamic networking, deal-sourcing and educational event that attracts more than 1,000 investment bankers, buyers, sellers, lenders and middle market professionals-a who's who from the M&A industry.

Grand Rapids, the host city in 2017, is home to more than 130 major companies including Amway, BISSELL, Haworth, Herman Miller, Meijer, SpartanNash, Steelcase and Wolverine Worldwide. It is a world-class center for advanced manufacturing, life science innovation, agri-business, information technology and commercial design. In the past two years alone, Grand Rapids has been ranked the nation's third best place to do business (Area Development Magazine), second best place to start a business (WalletHub), the second best city to find a job (Forbes), and the best city to raise a family (Forbes).

Why Attend?


Tentative agenda. Subject to change.

Wednesday, September 6th

10:00 a.m. Doors Open/Registration
12:00 - 7:00 p.m. Attendee Lounge
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Buffet Lunch
Open to all attendees
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Kathleen Powers Dunlap - Girls Who Invest, Inc.
"Inspiring Positive Change & Closing the Gender Gap"
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. DealSource*
*Restricted to pre-registered Investment Banks and Private Equity Firms
Scheduled breaks during DealSource are from 1:30 - 1:45 p.m. and from 3:30 - 3:45 p.m.
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Young Professionals Event - "A Look Inside Private Equity Buyouts"
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Panel - "M&A Trends in the Craft Brewing Industry"

Jim Eardley - Varnum

Shawn Gary - Alliance Beverage
Mark Rieth - Atwater
Mike Stevens - Founders Brewing
5:00 - 7:30 p.m. Opening Reception
7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Young Professionals Reception in Cygnus 27
Sponsored by Ottawa Avenue Private Capital, LLC

Thursday, September 7th

7:45 a.m. Doors Open/Registration
7:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Attendee Lounge
8:00 - 9:15 a.m. Breakfast & Keynote Speaker: Tom Izzo, Michigan State Spartans Men's Basketball Head Coach
Sponsored by Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Capital Connection
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Panel - "Surviving Lower Middle Market Deals: New Warriors, Evolving Battlefields and the Nuclear Option"

Rajesh Kothari - Cascade Partners

Patrick McCarthy - JP Morgan Chase
Ty Clutterbuck - Peninsula Capital Partners
Martin Stein - Blackford Capital
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 - 11:45 a.m. Session - "International M&A Trends"

Lou Longo - Plante Moran

Kip Irle - Hylant
Val Kozikowski - PRA Global
Matthew Missad - Universal Forest Products
Dwight Morgan - M. Holland Company
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker (TBD)
2:30 p.m. Closing Remarks/Charity Raffle


The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

"This classic, riverfront lodging is set between a modernized 1920s historic hotel and a soaring glass tower, and is a 4-minute walk across the Grand River bridge to the Gerald R. Ford Museum, and a 9-minute drive from the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park."

The ACG GLCC has arranged a room block for the nights of September 5 & 6 at a rate of $189/night. You can book your room online via the button below or by or calling either of these numbers: Reservations Toll Free: (800) 253-3590 | Reservations Local Phone: (616) 776-6450

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Join The 2017 Roster of Sponsors

Looking for new business development opportunities with private equity groups, investment bankers, capital & top-tier service providers? We are currently accepting sponsorship applications.

Download Sponsorship Prospectus

Sponsorship Questions?
Contact our offices for more information: (412) 228-5885 | kelly@acg.org

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