​Texas Two-Step: Private Equity Style

Business owners and entrepreneurs looking to learn more about deal making in Central Texas, mark your calendars. On November 7, the Association for Corporate Growth will host its sixth annual Private Equity Two-Step event in San Antonio, bringing together private equity firms, investment bankers, intermediaries, and business owners for a day of presentations, panel discussions, and high-quality networking opportunities. The Private Equity Two-Step is the most valuable meet-and-pitch event of the year, and this year’s theme is recapitalization.

“This is sure to be an educational and inspirational interaction between business owners who have been through recent transactions, private equity and other resource partners who make deals happen, and business owners contemplating their own succession strategy,” says Dawn Southard, ACG Austin/San Antonio’s vice president of special events. “Our private equity and deal tip presenters will enlighten the audience by sharing insight on how to proceed with the highest probability of success!”

The agenda for this private equity symposium is packed with opportunities to hear from high-powered industry executives, as well as ample time for networking, pitching, and deal making.

Keynote speakers are Doug Tatum, Chairman of Newport Board Group, managing director of TIP Seed Fund LLC, and author of No Man's Land: Where Growing Companies Fail, and Corinna Holt Richter and Paul Hensley, the President and Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, respectively, of Holt Cat.

“As I have to opportunity to listen to investors and service providers serving the middle market and the entrepreneurs growing their companies through No Man's Land, I am absolutely convinced we are in the throes of a new normal, which I will argue is a permanent change that we will all have adapt for at a lightning pace,” says Tatum about his keynote, which will focus on insights from his book.

Richter and Hensley will share their experiences and learnings from overseeing Holt’s recent transition of ownership to the fifth generation of Holt family members, as well as their plans for future growth in this ever-changing marketplace.

Throughout the day, attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from private equity investors representing six different firms. Presentation topics will include the role of a private equity partner in organizational management, the recapitalization timeline, growth strategy development and execution, and more. (See the full list of speakers on ACG’s Private Equity Two-Step website.)

The private equity representatives come because they’re looking forward to connecting with Central Texas’s business community, and many return year after year. “As a frequent partner for small and medium-sized, privately-held businesses, we look forward to establishing new contacts and reconnecting with existing ones at the event,” says speaker Andy Wiegand of Peninsula Capital Partners in Detroit, Michigan.

Over lunch, attendees will be treated to a panel discussion among Denim Group’s Sheridan Chambers, CH Guenther & Son’s Dale Temblay, and ATX Glazing’s Doug Frey, moderated by Paige Castañeda of Winstead Attorneys. The discussion will focus on making deals, based on each panelist’s recent experiences with private equity transactions.

Throughout the day, attendees will also have plenty of time to network, following up with presenters, getting to know one another, and even making pitches and kicking off funding deals.

Now in its sixth year, the ACG Austin/San Antonio Private Equity Two-Step is the seminal event for movers and shakers in Central Texas’s robust landscape of rapidly growing middle-market companies. Registration is open until Friday, November 2, and we encourage business owners interested in learning more about recapitalization and getting the ball rolling to claim their seats today.

Learn more about the ACG Austin/San Antonio Private Equity Two-Step, and register to attend.

ACG would like to thank the sponsors of the sixth annual Private Equity Two-Step: Texas Capital Bank, Focus Strategies, RSM, Frost Bank, Dykema Cox Smith, Winstead Attorneys, Corporate Finance Associates, Doggett Law Firm, Simmons Bank, and Digett.

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