A Chicago event you won’t want to miss is ASPIRE Conference June 19

2019 ASPIRE - June 19th


Wednesday, June 19, 2019 @ Palmer House Hilton

Every year ASPIRE connects thousands of local dealmakers, including middle-market CEOs, top PE and VC firms, major lenders and leading service providers. With sessions ranging from raising capital to buying and selling companies to alternative asset investing, our conferences cover the breadth of the M&A landscape. To learn more, visit www.aspiredealmakers.com. 

Contact Kathy Pyne at [email protected] for the code for the $200 IVCA member discount!


Confirmed Speakers to-date (4/17/19):

  • Diane Pearse, CEO, Hickory Farms
  • Elizabeth Harz, CEO, Sitter City
  • Tim Simmonds, CEO, Merrick Pet Care
  • Warren Young, Chairman, Acme Industries
  • Leo Brubaker, president, CityBase Inc.
  • Luke Smith, president & CEO, MVTrac

Day at a Glance

8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. All-attendee kickoff panel

  • M&A Roundtable: Investors & entrepreneurs explore current trends in dealmaking, including panelists’ respective transactions.

9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Morning Breakout Sessions A

  • So, You Want to Buy a Company? How to position your company to be buy-ready; what does it take to be an acquirer; and how/why family offices acquire. Presented by RSM and Wintrust.
  • True North: Navigating the process of selling your business—from getting your company’s house in order and planning ahead to negotiating the deal and life after the sale. Presented by Horwood Marcus.

10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Morning Breakout Sessions B

  • Building Strong Capital Stacks: How to choose the right sources to fuel your company’s growth. Presented by Locke Lord
  • Maximizing Returns: How to Prepare for Life After Business Liquidity Events.

12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. Luncheon panel discussion

  • Chicago: Food Industry Hub of America—a deep dive into why Chicago’s burgeoning food industry continues to attract investors and thrive.

1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Afternoon Breakout Sessions C

  • Buy, Buy, Build: Best Practices and Pitfalls in Accelerating Growth through Acquisitions, and the Important of Due Diligence. Presented by Katten Muchin Rosenman.
  • Sales Cycle: Entrepreneurs and M&A experts share frontline stories of journeys life before, during, and after selling a business.

2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Afternoon Breakout Sessions D

  • Transaction Preparedness: No matter what type of M&A you and your company are involved with, the key to success is being ready for the deal to go down.

2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Afternoon Breakout Sessions D (continued)

  • You've Sold Your Business...Now What?

3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Dealmakers Awards

3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Networking Cocktail Reception


Additional Panelists for Day

Confirmed—Panelists to place on open panels, as needed, throughout day

  • Brendan Deely, President & CEO, Banner Solutions
  • Ty Field, Executive Chairman, TPC Training
  • Warren Young, Chairman, Acme Industries
  • Tim Simmonds, CEO, Merrick Pet Care
  • Elizabeth Harz, CEO, Sitter City
  • Leo Brubaker, President, CityBase Inc.