In 1993, Donald Feldman, Bill Kohlhepp, Christopher Lockhart, Dale Medford, Ron Moss, Don Weston and the late Chuck Comfort and Joe Rippe recognized a need for an organization for professionals involved in corporate growth, corporate development, and mergers and acquisitions for middle-market companies. The first meeting was at Morraine Country Club and events alternated between markets for several years.
From a modest beginning, with less than 10 members, ACG Cincinnati has grown to more than 300 strong. For more than 20 years, ACGC has focused on strategic initiatives that increase revenues, profits, and, ultimately, stakeholder value in constituent organizations. Through ACG, Greater Cincinnati businesses can connect with over 14,000 members representing Fortune 1000, FTSE 100, and middle-market companies in 56 chapters in North America, Europe and Asia.
ACG Cincinnati is one of the best opportunities in the city to network with decision makers in the deal making ecosystem. Consider the following results from ACG Cincinnati's 2015 Member Survey:
80% of Cincinnati members do business with other chapter members
92% of Cincinnati members develop relationships that benefit their business
97% agree the chapter provides valuable networking opportunities
29% of our members ONLY attend ACG Cincinnati event
ACG Cincinnati ranks #10 among 57 chapters for corporate members
The programming year runs September through May with a summer social in July.
September kicks off with the Great Lakes Capital Connections that rotates among 7 cities.
Six monthly events beginning in October each year features executives from the region's top companies and subject matter experts focused on best practices.
Monthly roundtables offer programming for targeted audiences - like CEO, CFOs, Corporate Development Professionals and Innovation Agents.
ACG Cocktails and Competition in February
Emerging Leaders Under 35 (Deal Maker 2030) - 3 to 4 events per year
ACG Women - 3 to 4 events per year
Deal Maker, now in its 18th year, kicks-off in January with a breakfast to identify candidates and culminates with a Finalists' Reception, Judges Presentation and the Deal Maker Awards program, one of the most prominent events in Cincinnati's business calendar.
Social Committee - 2 to 3 informal events