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December 1
Women's Wine Social
Faegre Baker Daniels, 4:00 PM

December 9
Annual Board Elections and Member Holiday Party
4:30 PM

December 15
Monthly Luncheon
50th FL IDS, 11:30 AM

December 17
Corporate Only Event

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Upcoming Corporate-Only Events:

Thursday, December 17, 2015
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Thursday, July 14, 2016

This is an invitation only event. If you are a C-level executive and are interested in attending, please contact Nicki Vincent directly at or 612-590-1041.

If you are a c-level (CEO, CFO, COO) or senior executive we welcome you to join ACG Minnesota for our Corporate Round Table Series as we explore best practices for growth. The purpose of the sessions are to combine peer networking, panel discussion (education), and small executive group breakout roundtables. Each of the sessions is designed to introduce new ideas, discuss new approaches and benchmark other leading companies in various areas such as strategic planning, execution of strategies, financing, and critical business issues.

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Women's Wine Tasting

Please join us for a fun evening of networking while learning how to pair wines with delicious food. You will have the chance to try at least five different international wines and learn what characteristics match different fares. You will be able to take home a menu of the wines enjoyed at the event.

Leslee Miller of Amusee will lead us through our wine tasting. As a dually certified sommelier, through the International Sommelier Guild and Court of Master Sommeliers, she shares her education and experience within a number of different settings across the globe. From cooking/wine classes, private in-home events, corporate functions, fund-raising auctions and international winery and restaurant/retail consulting, her energizing personality brings life to each setting.

Former director to one of Oregon’s most prestigious Pinot Noir houses, Archery Summit, and member to board of directors of Pine Ridge Winery of Napa, California, Leslee’s move back to the Midwest, where she was born, has inspired her to take on many facets in the industry. She shares a wide variety of wine expertise and love for not only the ‘greats’ in the wine world, but gives her subscribers and clients a fun insight to the everyday international value-driven wines market as well.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
4:00-7:00 pm

Offices of Faegre Baker Daniels
2200 Wells Fargo Center
90 S. Seventh St.
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Register HERE

Member $50
Non-Member $75

December Luncheon

ABC's of ESOP'S and Corporate Growth Strategies.

Ever wanted to know what ESOPS are and how they work? Then you need to attend this luncheon! Our esteemed panelists will take you through the ins and outs of ESOPS and why an ESOP may represent an interesting transaction alternative for your business. 

Moderator: Brooks Myhran, Verit Advisors

Brooks D. Myhran has more than 25 years of investment banking experience executing sell-side M&A transactions, as well as extensive valuation experience.
Mr. Myhran founded Orsus Advisory Services, LLC, a valuation consulting boutique, in 2008 after a 17-year career at Goldsmith Agio Helms (now Lazard Middle Market). Mr. Myhran joined Verit Advisors in 2012 and opened the firm’s first office outside of Chicago, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He leads the firm’s Valuation Services practice as well as Verit’s M&A initiative and its marketing to private equity firms. 
Mr. Myhran holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Stanford University. Myhran is also a chartered financial analyst (CFA).


Richard Shuma, BMO Harris Bank - Dick Shuma is a Managing Director in the BMO / Harris Bank’s Commercial Middle Market Group. Through his 30+ year tenure with the Harris organization, Mr. Shuma has represented both corporate and investment banking disciplines leading and participating in a wide range of traditional and leveraged financings for the account of the bank, strategic advisory engagements, buy and sell-side M&A engagements and various other capital raising engagements. In addition to continuing financial advisory work, he currently leads Harris’ ESOP specialty where he has significant experience with many of Harris’ current and past ESOP-owned clients.

Tom Walker, Winthrop & Weinstine – Tom Walker is a shareholder of Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He leads Winthrop & Weinstine’s employee benefits practice and has over 25 years of experience practicing in the area. Although Tom assists clients with a variety of retirement, health and welfare, and other benefits plans and issues, he has a particular expertise in the areas of nonqualified deferred compensation, retirement plans (especially ESOPs) and benefits issues involved in mergers and acquisitions. In the ESOP arena, Tom’s practice includes representing companies, trust companies, lenders and fiduciaries in the design, implementation, operation, leveraging and termination of ESOPs, and representing companies in U.S. Department of Labor and IRS audits of ESOPs.

Chuck Pillsbury – Chuck is currently a member of the Board of Directors of The Walman Optical Company and is also one of the Trustees of the Walman ESOP plan.
Prior to this, Mr. Pillsbury was the CFO and Executive Vice President of The Walman Optical Company from 1994 until retiring in 2015. He also coordinated the administration for the company’s ESOP plan involving the custodian, record keeper and legal advisor for the plan. Chuck spent 33 years in corporate finance roles and was involved in two ESOP companies. He also worked in public accounting for 9 years. 

Timothy Ring – Walman Optical, Board of Directors – Tim Ring is a Vice President & Assistant Secretary for Ditech Financial LLC. He provides legal counsel for Treasury, Mergers and Acquisitions, and MSR derivative trading. He’s regularly working on transactions ranging from 100MM to 1B.
Tim is a former partner/shareholder in the financial services practice group at Stinson, Leonard & Street. Tim’s legal practice focused on debt and equity finance, mergers and acquisitions, and ESOP related advising, planning, and leveraging.  He studied at 
J.D., William Mitchell College of Law and received his B.S. in Finance at Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business.

Tuesday, December 15th, 2016
11:30 am-1:30 pm

The Marquette Hotel
Windows on Minnesota-50th Floor
710 Marquette Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Register HERE

Non-Member $75
Member: $35

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