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Leadership

James Nickel

Managing Director - CIBC

Jim Nickel is a native of western Pennsylvania and is Managing Director and Head of the Pennsylvania Region out of a Pittsburgh office for CIBC US. Over his 25-year banking career, Jim has focused on providing relationship-driven commercial banking services to middle market companies. He joined The PrivateBank & Trust Company (acquired by CIBC June 2017) in September 2014 to spearhead the founding of a Pittsburgh office. Prior to that, he was with TriState Capital Bank and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. He began his career with PNC in Pittsburgh. Jim has a finance degree from Bucknell University and a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He serves as Treasurer of the Board of Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania, is a member of the board of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth and is President of the school board of directors at Seneca Valley School District. Jim has been married for 29 years and has two sons, ages 24 and 21.

April Simile

Partner - Incline Equity Partners

April Simile, Partner, joined Incline in February 2013. She is responsible for managing Incline’s investment sourcing and brand strategies. This includes sourcing and reviewing new investments, media relations, and advertising. Previously, April worked as a Senior Vice President for Allegheny Valley Bank, where she held executive positions in several areas including commercial lending and marketing. April received her B.S. in Finance from La Roche College.

Kelly Szejko

President - ACG Pittsburgh

Kelly Szejko has served as President of the ACG Pittsburgh, since 2010, a trade association that advances corporate growth through mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures by connecting middle market deal makers and business leaders, providing a thought leadership platform and advancing best practices through educational forums.

Kelly served as the organization's Executive Director beginning in 2010 and was named President in 2016.

Kelly spent several years working as an accountant and corporate controller before launching Tikes, Inc., a firm that provides executive leadership and specialized services like membership development, fundraising, marketing and strategic planning to a wide-range of associations.

Kelly has successfully leveraged her gift for growing organizations and building expansive networks of volunteers to more than a half-dozen organizations, including the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association, the National Association of Corporate Directors–Three Rivers Chapter, the Turnaround Management Association–Pittsburgh Chapter & Invent Penn State.

She attended the University of Pittsburgh and resides in South Fayette.