ACG Arizona Names New President-Elect, Elects 3 New Board Members


Christopher Rogers of Jennings Strouss Salmon to Become President in 2022

           PHOENIX (February 2, 2021) — The Association for Corporate Growth-Arizona Chapter has selected its President-Elect for 2022-23 and voted in three new members to its Board of Directors.


            ACG Arizona, which brings together professionals in the mergers and acquisitions industry, has selected Christopher Rogers, a Member at the firm Jennings Strouss Salmon, as President for the 2022-23 term. Rogers’ practice focuses on corporate, securities, mergers and acquisitions, real estate finance, and all kinds of business transactions.  He regularly represents investors and companies as they prepare for and effect securities offerings and other finance and capital transactions as well as advising them through ordinary course legal issues.  He is Chair of the State Bar of Arizona’s Business Law Section and Chair-Elect of its Securities Regulation Section.


            Additionally, the ACG Arizona Board of Directors recently voted to add three new directors to its ranks:


            • Ashley Gleckler, an attorney at Polsinelli PC, an AmLaw 100 law firm. She was recently recognized as a 2021 “Ones to Watch” by Best Lawyers for Corporate Law and is currently an ACG Young Dealmakers member.


            • Norman Mendoza, a partner with Eide Bailly LLP. Mendoza provides extensive assurance expertise to privately-held businesses in a variety of industries including manufacturing, wholesale and distribution, construction, real estate, franchise and service-related industries.


            • Tim Kolstad, a Partner with Kotzin Valuation Partners, a valuation consulting firm.  Tim has 20 years of experience in business valuation and security analysis and has developed sophisticated enterprise and security-level valuation models for companies in a broad range of industries.


“We are very pleased to welcome these esteemed professionals to ACG Arizona’s board and look forward to Chris assuming the role of President in 2022,” said Elise Thorpe, ACG Arizona Board President and Principal with Lovitt & Touché, A Marsh & McLennan Insurance Agency LLC. “We have been working diligently to continue to connect with the dealmaking community over the past year, and I’m confident these new board members will make us even more effective in bringing together professionals throughout the region.”


Rogers said he is grateful for the opportunity to serve as ACG Arizona’s president as the organization enjoys its 15th year in the market.


“ACG Arizona has been one of the premier networking associations in the state since its inception, and I look forward to working with the rest of the board to ensure that remains the case well into the future,” Rogers said. “ACG Arizona and the M&A field will be important to our state’s economy as we move forward into what we hope will be a safer, more stable economic and health environment.”


ACG Arizona has a number of programs and initiatives coming up in the first quarter of 2021. It will continue its Young Dealmaker and Women in Business and Leadership programs, holding a Women Empowering Women event with the LA and Dallas Chapters, and has launched an M&A 101 series for younger professionals. On February 16, the group will host its next major virtual event, featuring Patricia Chiodo, CFO of Verra Mobility.


Founded in 1954, ACG is the premier M&A dealmaking community with 59 chapters worldwide. ACG’s global network comprises more than 100,000 middle market professionals who invest, own and advise growing companies. ACG’s mission is to drive middle-market growth. ACG reaches its audience through its content-rich media channels, including its award-winning flagship publication Middle Market Growth®,which dives into emerging trends, GrowthTV which brings those stories to life and its podcasts that provide in-depth conversations with industry thought leaders. ACG’s content reaches an average daily audience of 30,000 and receives 1 million impressions monthly. ACG’s 13,000 members leverage an array of exclusive benefits rich in dealmaking and networking opportunities and extend to its partnerships with Insperity, Cambridge FX, Grata, Founders Card, CLEAR and more. Learn more about ACG membership at  

The Arizona chapter of ACG includes representatives from corporate investment and private equity groups, financiers, venture capitalists and supporting consultant services. For more information, visit