Day 1
11 Oct 2018

Michigan Private Equity Evening Reception

Sponsored by Howard & Howard
Join us for an evening welcome reception at the U-M golf course's new Richard L. Postma Family Clubhouse. This is your chance to network over cocktails and dinner while enjoying an amazing view of the golf course, Crisler Arena and The Big House.
Day 2
12 Oct 2018

Networking Breakfast

Sponsored by Aon M&A Insurance


David J. Brophy, Finance Professor, University of Michigan Ross School of Business
David J. Brophy

Keynote Address – Phil Knisely, Advisor, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Creating Value by Building Better Businesses
Sponsored by Mesirow Financial
Mr. Knisely, who currently serves as an advisor to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, chairman of Atkore International and on the board of Beacon Roofing Supply, retired from Danaher Corp. as executive vice president in 2010. His career also included stints as president of AMF and CEO of Colfax Corp. He began his career after Darden at Emerson Electric. He has extensive experience in business strategy, operations and growth through acquisitions.
Philip W. Knisely

Panel: Impact of Tax Reform on PE and M&A Transactions

Sponsored by BDO
With the most significant tax overhaul in more than 30 years, gain insights from these industry experts on the implications on private equity deal structure, PE-backed portfolio companies, and overall deal making.
Steve McCoullough, Tax Partner, Transaction Advisory Services, BDO
Ilan Napchan, Partner, Honigman
Dave Reynolds, Senior Partner, CFO & CCO, Huron Capital
Moderator: Eric Jones, Partner, Honigman
Steve McCoullough
Eric Jones
Ilan Napchan
Dave Reynolds


Sponsored by Blue River Financial Group

Panel: Limited Partners in the Structure of Today’s Private Equity Market

Fund raising over the past five years has been historically strong. Gain insight from our panel of diverse industry experts on the current patterns and trends in institutional limited partner investments, domestic and global.
John A. Barker, Managing Director Investment Office, The Kresge Foundation
Jason Jerista, Director Investor Relations, LLR Partners
Aaron Schmit, Associate Director - Global Private Equity, Ottawa Avenue Private Capital (affiliate of RDV Corporation)
Matthew Thornton, Partner, Sixpoint Partners
Moderator: Len Middleton, Adjunct Professor, University of Michigan
Jason Jerista
Len Middleton
John A. Barker
Matthew Thornton
Aaron Schmit


Sponsored by PM Environmental

Keynote Fireside Chat – Patrick Russo, Partner, Shamrock Capital Advisors

Sponsored by Plante Moran
Patrick Russo, Partner, Shamrock Capital Advisors
David J. Brophy, Finance Professor, University of Michigan Ross School of Business
The fireside chat with entertainment industry investment leader, Patrick Russo, will focus on his transactional experiences investing in entertainment IP and the many lessons learned that can be applied across any industry.
Patrick Russo

Networking Luncheon

Sponsored by DealCloud
Please join us for a seated luncheon, which traditionally ends the conference.

2017 Advisory Committee

Ann Brophy, LLR Partners; David Brophy, University of Michigan; Michael Goodwin, Michigan Private Equity Partnership; Eric Jones, Honigman LLP; Michael Lewis, SSC Inc.; Kim Easterle Mattes, Aon PLC; Len Middleton, University of Michigan; Mary Nickson, U-M Ross School of Business; Adam Oakley, Mesirow Financial; Naimish Patel, Long Point Capital Inc.; Gretchen Perkins, Huron Capital Partners LLC;Derek Schlonsky, Ricardo Strategic Consulting