Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | 7:00 - 11:00 AM | The Pfister

BizTimes Media’s annual M&A Forum helps buyers and sellers learn what they need to know as they consider their options and move through the process. Each year, the Forum provides valuable insight on a host of buy-sell concerns, from exit strategies to finding the perfect acquisition.

Keynote Presentation: Lessons learned from buying and selling companies big and small
Tim Sullivan, President & CEO, REV Group (1)

Related story: Sullivan shares M&A best practices

Panel Discussion: Motivators for a business sale: Lessons learned
An in-depth discussion on reasons businesses are sold – positive and negative. Burn-out, retirement, physical illness, family problems, divorce, death of a partner, industry transformation, capacity, new opportunities, the perfect buyer…

– Lawrence Burnett, Shareholder, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. (2)
– Mike Graf, Former owner, Letterhead Press, Inc. (3)
– John Lauber, Founder and former owner of Lauber CFOs (4)
– Linda Mertz, CEO, Mertz Associates, Inc. (5)

– Ann Hanna, Managing Director & Owner, Taureau Group (6)

Panel Discussion: Recapitalize or Sell? Know the Benefits and Pitfalls Before Deciding

This in-depth, candid discussion with business owners and industry experts will share lessons learned, including transactions they’d like to “do-over” and the big wins.

– Ron Beam, President, Complete Office of Wisconsin and Emmons Business Interiors (7)
– Jonathan Eder, Former President, CEO and co-owner, In-Place Machining Company (8)
– Steve McGlothlin – EVP, Chief Credit Officer, Old National Bank (9)
– Paul Sweeney, Partner, PS Capital Partners, LLC (10)

– Molly Dill, Managing Editor, BizTimes Media


Concurrent Breakout Sessions:
A) Building Company Value – Timeline to Exit

– Ann Hanna and Corey Vanderpoel, Taureau Group

B) Behind the Curtain – Financing Options and Little Known Secrets of M&A

– Karin Galem, Schenk, Tommy Olson, Old National Bank, Christopher Rechlicz, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c., Moderator: Kevin Anderson, Old National Bank

C) The Sale Process: What to Expect When You’re Expecting to Sell

– Meghan Shannon Berndt, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.



Past Events:

2017 M&A Forum

2016 M&A Forum

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M&A Forum 2018
M&A Forum 2018