Michigan Private
Equity Conference

Thursday, Nov. 2

Pre-Conference Dinner Reception

U-M Golf Course Clubhouse
6:00-10:00 PM

Friday, Nov. 3


Michigan League, U-M Campus, Ann Arbor
7:30 AM-2:00 PM


Michigan Private Equity Conference
November 3, 2017

Thursday, Nov. 2< 2017

Networking & Cocktail Reception and Dinner, U-M Golf Course Clubhouse, 6:00-10:00 PM

Friday, Nov. 3

Private Equity Conference, Michigan League | 7:30 AM-2:00 PM
911 N University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
*Parking at the Maynard Street Parking Structure, 324 Maynard St.

2017 CONFERENCE PROGRAM 2017 | Michigan League, Ballroom

2016 CONFERENCE PROGRAM 2016 | Michigan League, Ballroom
Sponsored by Honigman

7:30 AM
Networking Breakfast

8:10 AM
Welcome & Keynote Speaker
Sponsored by BDO

David J. Brophy, Director, Center for Venture Capital & Private Equity Finance; Professor of Finance, University of Michigan Ross School of Business

Keynote Speaker
Bradley Cooper, Managing Partner, Capital Z Partners

Silver Linings Playbook

The private equity industry has reclaimed its position as the most sought after asset class. Performance, on an absolute and relative basis is the main reason this has occurred. There are a number of considerations that all private equity managers need to keep in mind as the industry evolves if they want to stay on top.

9:00-9:50 AM
Panel: Today’s LP Mindset: Opportunities and Challenges in a Global Market
Sponsored by: Kirkland & Ellis
As the global economy continues on a path of slow, stable growth, M&A activity is on a rebound. This panel will drill down on today’s LP mindset and what it takes for GPs seeking to engage and retain limited partners as committed investors in their funds.

Brian Gimotty, Director of Investments, UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust
Neal Graziano, Director of Investments, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Brett Hickey, Chief Executive Officer, Star Mountain Capital
Shawn Winnie, Gluon Partners' Consulting
Shannon Zoller, Chief Executive Officer and Founder , Tephra Advisors (moderator)

9:50 AM Break
Sponsored by PM Environmental

10:10 AM
Fireside Chat
Arn Tellem,
Vice Chairman, Palace Sports & Entertainment
Greer Love, Vice President, Huron Capital Partners (facilitator)

Private Equity Presence in the NBA: How M&A-Savvy Owners Negotiate, Measure, and Invest in Teams and Players

As an accomplished sports executive and currently the vice chairman of Palace Sports & Entertainment (which owns the Detroit Pistons), Arn will offer executive-suite insights into the art of negotiation and how owners are applying an M&A mindset and model to the management of professional basketball teams.

10:50-11:40 AM
Panel: Deal Winning Strategies
Sponsored by AON
As PE firms face even more competition from each other as well as alternative investment firms that embrace that embrace aspects of the PE model, this panel will discuss deal winning strategies for PE firms in this newly competitive era.

Kenan Basha, Principal, Rockbridge Growth Equity
Robert Coury, Managing Director & CEO, Greenwich Capital Group
Matthew Heinz, Managing Director, Aon (New York)
Steven Hilfinger, Partner, Foley & Lardner (Detroit) (moderator)
Karl LaPeer, Partner, Peninsula Capital Management
Susan E. Pravda, Partner, Foley & Lardner (Boston)

11:40 AM Break
Sponsored by Blue River Financial

12-12:40 PM
Keynote Speaker
Warde Manuel, Director of Athletics, University of Michigan

Manuel's return to Ann Arbor brings him full-circle from an accomplished student-athlete and athletic administrator at U-M to a distinguished career as an athletic director and back again.

12:40-2:00 PM
Networking Luncheon

2016 Advisory Committee:
Ann Brophy, Shorehill Capital; David Brophy, University of Michigan; Michael Goodwin, Michigan Private Equity Partnership; Eric Jones, Honigman LLP; Greer Love, Huron Capital Partners LLC; Kim Easterle Mattes, Aon PLC; Len Middleton, University of Michigan; Mary Nickson, U-M Ross School of Businesses; Adam Oakley, Mesirow Financial; Naimish Patel, Long Point Capital Inc.; Derek Schlonsky, Ricardo Strategic Consulting; Brad Wyatt, Dickinson Wright