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Committee Descriptions

Outlined below are the various planning committees for ACG Philadelphia which are led and run by the membership in conjunction with the ACG Philadelphia staff.  If you are an ACG Philadelphia member with interest in participating, please click on the button to the right or email Murdoch Dagit at and indicate your committee of interest. 

Board Members and Committee Members can be found in sub-menus of the Leadership menu tab. 

ACG Cup Competition

The ACG Cup is an annual $25,000 business case competition which challenges MBA and MS Finance candidates from regional schools to present to our team of judges.  Schools form teams to analyze and present solutions and recommendations on a complex business case that requires a combination of corporate strategy, fininance and valuation skills.  Committee is responsible for assisting ACG in honing and further developing the Cup concept, acting as a liaison between ACG and the school as well as participating as one of several judges at the preliminary on-campus rounds and final rounds that brings together the winners from each school.  Particpating schools include: Drexel, LaSalle, Penn State, St. Joes, Temple, University of Delaware, Villanova and Wharton.




Program Committee

The ACG Program Committee has primary responsibility for planning the content of 9-10 monthly ACG Philadelphia chapter meetings known as Breakfast Briefings; 3 Private Equity Workshops; 2 Member-Guest Networking Events and the Annual Summer Golf Outing.  The committee selects topics as well as identifies speakers and/or panelists/moderators that will be of interest to members, occasionally hosting joint events with other associations.  For member-guest networking events, the committee is tasked with identifying venues/themes that will engage members and encourage networking among our various member groups.



Marketing Committee

The ACG Marketing Committee works with the Executive Director and Marketing Director to take primary responsibility for broad marketing issues such as branding, general communications strategy, new communications initiatives, target audience, geographic coverage, etc.  The group is charged with providing insight and consistency in producing specific marketing items for ACG and the M&A East conference including the Quarterly DealWire Newsletter (data and deal of the quarter), special and monthly advertising, website, social media and other visible communications pieces.




Membership Committee 

The ACG Membership Committee is responsible for member engagement/retention and new member recruitment/acquisition.  This includes contacting members whose terms are expiring to ensure their renewal, obtaining feedback on why members may choose not to renew and finding ways to introduce new members of the M&A community, particularly in the corporate and private equity professions, to ACG Philadelphia.



M&A East Conference Committee

The Annual M&A East Conference is a huge undertaking and is composed of more than a half dozen additional committees.  New committees are formed in the late fall.

Committees include:

Programs –  The Program Committee has primary responsibility for planning the general session and breakout sessions held over the 2 day conference.  The committee selects topics as well as identifies industry experts (panelists/moderators) that will be of interest to an audience of dealmakers.

Corporate Programs – The Corporate Committee has primary responsibility for planning the Corporate Workshop designed as a peer only session for corporate development officers aor executives with the similar job function. The committee selects a topic as well as identifies a speaker or panel of experts to speak on the subject.

Keynotes – The Keynote Committee is always comprised of the prior year's conference co-chairs and they have the primary responsibility for identifying a top tier line-up of well regarded, influential leaders to serve as the Opening, Breakfast and Lunch speakers. They work closely with the Executive Director, Steering Committee and Speakers' Bureau.

Sponsorship – The Sponsorshop Committee has the ever important role of "pitching" the conference to regional firms to secure commitments for financial sponsorships. An extensive Sponsor Kit, developed by ACG Philadelphia with committee input, contains multiple opportunities at various price points. The committee is responsible for outreach to firms to gain commitments.

DealSource for Investment Banks – The  Committee is responsible for outreach to regional and national investment banks to encourage participation in hosting a table during the DealSource meetings. The committee is actively involved with reviewing and updating the prospect list and refining the format to enhance the attendee experience.

DealSource for LPs – The Committee is responsible for outreach to regional and national Limited Partners to encourage participation in hosting a table during the DealSource meetings. The committee is actively involved with reviewing and updating the prospect list and refining the format to enhance the attendee experience.

Private Equity Involvement – The Committee is responsible for outreach to regional and national private equity firms to encourage them to exhibit in the Private Equity Marketplace (Capital Connection) as well as participate in the DealSource meetings. The committee is actively involved with reviewing and updating the prospect list and refining the format to enhance the attendee experience.

Marketing – The Marketing Committee is responsible for creating the conference brand, identifying appropriate conference
collateral to promote the event in advance and on site; print and online advertising campaign; social media plan and web site presense.

GolfThis Committee is responsible for selecting the golf club and course and working with the golf pro to ensure a seamless and fun outing for all golfers.



ACG University

ACG University enrolls 30 - 35 up-and-coming M&A deal makers each year who possess 2 – 4 years of deal experience in a serial education program designed to teach a broad range of essential deal making skills and strategies.  The class engages students through lecture and hands-on case work to create savvy, knowledgeable and skilled dealmakers as well as create cohorts which will facilitate long-term relationship/network building among future M&A leaders within the deal community.  Each class is composed of a balanced number of private equity and corporate buyers, investment bankers, attorneys, accountants and lenders.  The 7-part class covers the following core topics – each topic has its own subcommittee:

Class 1: Strategic / Opportunity Analysis – Sourcing Deals & Building Your Acquisition Strategy
Class 2: Valuation – Methodologies and Approaches
Class 3: Due Diligence – Financial, Operational, Technical, Management
Class 4: Arranging Financing – Financing your deal to match your exit
Class 5: Buyout Alternatives: Recaps & Growth Equity Financings
Class 6: Neogitating The Purchase Agreement & Closing the Transaction
Class 7: The 100 Day Plan: Integration & Closing Dinner!




Women In Dealmaking

ACG Philadelphia is pleased to offer a platform dedicated to our region's women dealmakers who want to network for deals, share ideas and strengthen ties to the growing M&A deal community. Attendees are active contributors to the deal transaction process including private equity investors, strategic acquirers, investment bankers, commercial lenders as well as transaction attorneys and accountants. The committee is responsible for planning the overall direction of the initiative, developing appropriate content/events and reaching out to the women deal community.




Young Dealmakers

ACG Philadelphia is committed to attracting and retaining talented emerging dealmakers in the Philadelphia area as members of ACG Philadelphia. In November of 2011, the Board of ACG Philadelphia approved the formation of a Young Dealmakers Committee. The strategic objective of the committee is to strengthen the future membership ranks of ACG Philadelphia with talented young dealmakers who are committed to active participation in ACG Philadelphia and who will contribute to the development of ACG Philadelphia throughout their careers.

The Goals of the Young Dealmakers Committee are:
• To further the shared interests of all young dealmakers who are members of ACG Philadelphia.
• To keep alumni of ACG University connected with ACG Philadelphia.
• To attract talented emerging dealmakers in the Philadelphia area to be members of ACG Philadelphia and applicants of ACG University.
• To foster and develop the future leaders of ACG Philadelphia. Throughout the year the Young Dealmakers

Committee, in conjunction with the Program Committee, will hold quarterly events specially targeted to young dealmakers who represent a diverse mix of up and coming future dealmakers from all disciplines including, private equity firms, investment bankers, lenders, attorneys, accountants, corporate buyers and other dealmakers.







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