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Grand Rapids, Mich
Sept. 6-7, 2017

The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

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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

Noon - 7:00 p.m.

Attendee Lounge
Sponsored by Miller Johnson Attorneys

Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Buffet Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 p.m..

Kathleen Powers Dunlap - Girls Who Invest, Inc.
"Inspiring Positive Change & Closing the Gender Gap"
Presented by ACG Western Michigan Women in Finance (Open to all attendees)

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Restricted to pre-registered Investment Banks and Private Equity Firms
2:50 - 3:10 p.m. - Break

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Panel: "A Look Inside Private Equity Buyouts"

Nathan Bauman - Ottawa Avenue Private Capital

Brian Hoesterey - AEA Investors LP
Jeffrey Lipsitz - Cortec Group Management Services, LLC
John Pless - Snow Phipps Group, LLC
Presented by Young ACG Western Michigan (Open to all attendees)
Sponsored by Ottawa Avenue Private Capital, LLC

3:15 - 3:45 p.m.


3:45 - 4:45 p.m.

Panel: "M&A Trends in the Craft Brewing Industry"

Jim Eardley - Varnum

Shawn Gary - Alliance Beverage Distributing
Steve Jandernoa - 42 North Partners Representing Hop Head Farms
Mark Rieth - Atwater
Mike Stevens - Founders Brewing

5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Opening Reception

7:30 - 9:00 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
Sponsored by Miller Johnson Attorneys

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

Ty Clutterbuck - Peninsula Capital Partners
Patrick McCarthy - JP Morgan Chase
Martin Stein - Blackford Capital

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.


10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

Panel: "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.


1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Fireside Chat with Keynotes
Doug DeVos - Amway
Blake Krueger - Wolverine World Wide, Inc.

Tracy Larsen - Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP

2:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks/Charity Raffle




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