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Speakers

Opening Keynote Speaker

Mark Hoffman CEO & President Larson Packing Company

Mark Hoffman
CEO & President
Larson Packing Company

Mark Hoffman is a senior executive, entrepreneur, and consultant with over 25 years of experience leading business, strategy, marketing, and operations in start-up, high-growth, and turnaround environments in the US and abroad. He is currently the CEO & President of Larson Packaging Company, a manufacturer of customized, industrial packaging for high-tech companies in Silicon Valley and an Affiliated Consultant with Amphora Consulting where he provides business strategy expertise and strategic marketing education to international corporations. Previously he was a Partner at Booz Allen Hamilton where he led strategy, marketing, and operations engagements for top-tier multi-national corporations in various sectors including engineering/industrial, consumer products, financial services, agribusiness, and distribution. Mark has lived and worked in three countries (US, Colombia, Perú) and is fluent in Spanish. He has an MBA in Strategy and Finance from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago and a BA in Economics with Honors from the University of California, San Diego where he has also recently taught a successful Management Lab class in the economics department. Mark serves on three non-profit Boards and is an Assistant Scoutmaster. He currently resides in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife and three children.

 

 

  • Tuck-ins: Entrepreneurship through acquisition... and acquisition... and acquisition…
  • Growth mode: Sales, strategic partnerships, and broadening scope
  • Lessons Learned: What I did right, and what you should do differently

Moderator

Brad Morehead CEO LiveWatch Security

Brad Morehead
CEO
LiveWatch Security


ETA Model Overview

  • Overview of traditional, self funded, and incubated search models
  • The balance between capital and mentorship

  • Alignment with your personal and professional ambitions

  • Current state of each model and expected trends

Raam Jani Partner McDermott Will & Emery

Raam Jani
Partner
McDermott Will & Emery

Michael Miles Partner The Operand Group

Michael Miles
Partner
The Operand Group

Tim Bovard Founder & CEO Search Fund Accelerator

Tim Bovard
Founder & CEO
Search Fund Accelerator

Josh Dennis Vice President NextGen Growth Partners

Josh Dennis
Vice President
NextGen Growth Partners

Austin Hall Founder Brick Street Partners

Austin Hall
Founder
Brick Street Partners

Keith Gross Director Pacific Lake Partners  

Keith Gross
Director
Pacific Lake Partners

 

 
 

Afternoon Fireside Chat

Jose Stella QMC Telecom International Holdings

Jose Stella
QMC Telecom International Holdings

José R. Stella, Co-CEO & Founder - Mr. Stella is currently Co-CEO and Co-Founder of QMC Telecom International Holdings LLC, a multinational provider of wireless infrastructure. Prior to that, he was the CEO and Co-founder of VIU Media until the sale of the company to Lamar Advertising (NASDAQ:LAMR) in 2006. At the time of the sale, VIU Media was Puerto Rico's largest locally owned outdoor advertising company.

Prior to becoming President of VIU Media, he was the Co-Founder and President of Quest Management Corporation, a private equity group formed to identify, acquire, and operate a company in Puerto Rico.

Previously, Mr. Stellaworked at KPMG Peat Marwick in the middle-market M&A Advisory Group. He also worked for UBS in Zurich and Chase Manhattan Bank where he worked in Corporate Finance.  Jose received, along with his business partner, the 2004 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Puerto Rico. Throughout the years he has served on several boards of directors.  Mr. Stella graduated high honors with a B.A. in Economics, Finance and Investments, from Babson College and graduated cum laude with an MBA from University of Michigan.

 

Moderator

 
Brian O'Connor Founder and Managing Partner NextGen Growth Partners

Brian O'Connor
Founder and Managing Partner
NextGen Growth Partners

  • Challenges searching
  • Sucessfully exiting a business
  • Life after a search fund

How to Search and Close

  • The search process, from industry ideation to closing
  • Proprietary search methods vs. brokered deals

  • Common challenges and strategies to overcome

  • Best and worst search stories

Alex Schneider Partner Clover Capital Partners

Alex Schneider
Partner
Clover Capital Partners

Gabe Barkley General Manager MHW

Gabe Barkley
General Manager
MHW

Jessica Markowitz Co-founder and Principal Calyx Capital Partners

Jessica Markowitz
Co-founder and Principal
Calyx Capital Partners

Christopher Dooley President and CEO Industrial Water Treatment Solutions

Christopher Dooley
President and CEO
Industrial Water Treatment Solutions

Larry Dunn Partner Endurance Search Partners

Larry Dunn
Partner
Endurance Search Partners

 
 
 

Breakout
1: Lessons Learned from Adversity

  • Trials and tribulations of being a CEO
  • Sources of adversity

  • The importance of relationship management

  • “What I’d do differently… ”

Allan Breidenbach Former CEO U.S. Fence Solutions Company

Allan Breidenbach
Former CEO
U.S. Fence Solutions Company

Jeff Stevens Managing Partner Anacapa Partners

Jeff Stevens
Managing Partner
Anacapa Partners

Matt Littell Chairman of the Board Progressive Bronze Products

Matt Littell
Chairman of the Board
Progressive Bronze Products

Steve Morrissette Associate Professor Booth School of Business

Steve Morrissette
Associate Professor
Booth School of Business

2: The Young CEO Experience

  • The First 100 Days

  • Do’s and Don’ts

  • Transitioning the Seller

  • Working with your board

Mark Agnew CEO Lou Malnati's

Mark Agnew
CEO
Lou Malnati's

Lia Majid CEO Acorn Legal Solutions

Lia Majid
CEO
Acorn Legal Solutions

David Silberstein President & CEO Alert Protective Services LLC

David Silberstein
President & CEO
Alert Protective Services LLC

Matt Estep Managing Partner Bosworth Capital

Matt Estep
Managing Partner
Bosworth Capital

Jason Pananos President VDA, LLC

Jason Pananos
President
VDA, LLC