More than 120 professionals from private equity groups, investment banks, law firms and business organizations in the Midwest and across the U.S. attended the 9th Annual Michigan Private Equity Conference on Oct. 17 in the Michigan Union. Below are some of the participants’ comments about the event and the opportunities it afforded.
“This conference brings a lot of attention to the Great Lakes region and attracts players who are interested in this area. We do more than network. We develop collaborative and lifelong relationships.” – William Loftis, managing partner, Blue River Financial Group, Grand Blanc, Mich.
“We work with a lot of PE people on the deal side and do work for PE holding companies. At the conference, we can see what opportunities PE fund managers are considering and where the industry is going.” – Matt Grimes, director in the Financial Advisory Services Group, AlixPartners, Detroit office
“I’m a Wolverine and a corporate finance lawyer, who represents sponsors, institutional investors and high-net-worth individuals. At this conference, I meet incredible people, including lenders and PE investment advisers, all in one spot. I also learn about private equity funds and service providers and how they connect.” – Laura Hult, attorney, Dickinson Wright PLLC, Columbus, Ohio office
“The University, the private equity community and the content of the conference are what attract me. I love the networking, and I like to hear what other private equity firms are doing, so I can provide feedback to my client base, which includes PE firms.” – Chris Jenkins, assurance manager, Plante Moran, Southfield, Mich.
“I am attending the conference because of Dr. Brophy, who is a recognized leader in the private equity field, and the high caliber of the speakers. I think Michigan is recognized globally for having leading medical centers and a strong history of discovery work in the life sciences. I am anxious to evaluate investment opportunities and find partners in the region to work with.” – Chris McFadden, associate, Top Tier Capital Partners, San Francisco
“The conference offers an opportunity to network with a lot of people. Excellent speakers provide a broader, improved view of the M&A landscape.” – Michael Allie, director and M&A adviser, Blue River Financial Group, Grand Blanc, Mich.