Celebrating the All Stars in the M&A Community


Each year, ACG celebrates the men and women who have made incredible strides in the M&A community through its M&A All Star Awards. Now in its fourth year, the celebration is intended to highlight the standout members of the M&A community and major milestones achieved in the past year. Held at the beautiful Townsend Hotel in downtown Birmingham, this year’s M&A All Star Awards treated guests to delicious food, an open bar and the opportunity to network with the best and brightest members of Metro Detroit’s M&A community.

The evening kicked off with cocktails and networking as guest filed in. Our program began with a welcome from Chapter President, Christopher Letts and brief remarks from ACG Detroit Chairman and M&A All Star Judge, Tom Vaughn.

This year’s M&A All Star Award Winners:


Kar’s Nuts Product Company, Acquisition of Morley Candy Makers

2018 All Star Deal of the Year Under $50MM


WellCare Health Plans, Acquisition of Meridian Health Plans

2018 All Star Deal of the Year Over $50MM


Peninsula Capital Partners LLC

2018 All Star Deal Maker of the Year


Robert Coury, Greenwich Capital Group

2018 All Star Investment Banker of the Year


Tim Hilligoss, Clayton McKervey

2018 All Star Advisor of the Year


Gjina Lucaj, Foley & Lardner LLP

2018 Rising Star


Brian Demkowicz, Huron Capital

2018 Lifetime Achievement Award


Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s M&A All Star Awards and joined us in celebrating a successful and active year in business. Thank you to this year’s judges for their insight and hand in selecting the best of the best. We’d like to extend a special congratulations to all award recipients, as they truly represent the excellence and leadership that exists within the M&A community. Also, thank you to our loyal sponsors who make these events possible, including Foley & Lardner LLP, dbusiness, AON, BDO, J.P Morgan Chase and Peninsula Capital Partners.