Strategic Acquirer Summit

ACG Strategic Acquirer Summit

Event Details


November 4 - 5, 2019

$975 - $1175


ACG Global will host its inaugural Strategic Acquirer Summit on Nov. 4-5 in Dallas to bring together corporate development professionals for a program focused on strategic acquisitions. The Summit will include panel discussions, expert speakers and networking opportunities, providing attendees resources and best practices for executing M&A transactions. 


Registration for the Summit is limited to corporate professionals involved in strategic growth initiatives within their companies, including CEOs, CFOs, chief strategy officers and others involved in M&A on behalf of corporations.

Registration options

ACG Member $975.00
Non-Member $1,175.00

The Summit’s speakers will address their companies’ corporate development strategies,  challenges they’ve faced, and broader trends within strategic M&A. The Summit will also feature opportunities for peer-to-peer networking to help attendees expand their networks within the corporate development community and exchange best practices.

Space is limited and requires pre-approval. If you’re interested in attending, please email Shannon Buenik at with your full name, company, job title, and a brief description of your role as it relates to strategic acquisitions.


Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote

Gus Faucher
Senior Vice President and Chief Economist
PNC Financial Services Group

Closing Keynote

Emmitt Smith
Pro Football Hall of Fame Running Back, Businessman and Entrepreneur

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Summit attendees are subject to approval by ACG. Qualified participants are limited to individuals whose primary job responsibilities relate to the acquisition and divestiture activities of the company, including strategy, deal origination, valuation, negotiation and post-acquisition integration. 

Questions: For questions about the Summit or the eligibility criteria, please contact Shannon Buenik, senior director of strategic initiatives and governance, at

Sponsorship:  Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact Kaitlyn Fishman, director of strategic development, at or download the sponsorship prospectus.


Gus Faucher

Senior Vice President and Chief Economist
PNC Financial Services Group

Emmitt Smith

Pro Football Hall of Fame Running Back, Businessman and Entrepreneur

Pat Belotti

Director, Venture Integration Group

Abe Minkara

Managing Director
Mark Cuban Companies

Robin Sitver

Vice President, Global Business Development, Diabetes Care
Johnson & Johnson

Adam Boscoe

Director of Corporate Development

Chandradev Mehta

Director, Strategic Planning and Transactions
LyondellBasell Industries

Grant Copeland

EVP Business Development and M&A
Prime Communications

Lisa Stewart

Senior Real Estate Manager – Venture Integration

Mark Dauenhauer

Director of Mergers and Acquisitions
The Dow Chemical Company

Doug Cullen

Chief Marketing Officer, Head of Corporate Strategy
Merrill Corporation

Ian Bone

Senior Director of Corporate Development
Save A Lot

Martin Okner

President and Chief Operating Officer

Andrew Fulford

Vice President, Corporate Development
HBM Holdings Company

Kolby Jones

Regional Director of Acquisitions

Carlos Ferreira

Partner, Transaction Services
Grant Thornton

Angie MacPhee

Baker Tilly

Bill Watkins

Managing Director
Harris Williams

John Iwanski

Executive Managing Director

Matthew B. Wiener

Senior Vice President
Aon M&A and Transaction Solutions

Kathryn Mulligan

Editor in Chief
Middle Market Growth Magazine

Sarah H. Mitchell

Counsel, Commercial & Business Litigation
Vinson & Elkins

Summit Co-chairs


Brent Baxter
Managing Director, Nolan & Associates
ACG St. Louis

Brent joined Nolan in 2019, bringing over 25 years of sell side and buy side advisory experience from his relationships and transactions with privately-owned and family businesses, Fortune 10 corporations and leading private equity groups. To this point in his M&A career, Brent has closed over 200 transactions with an aggregate value of over $1 billion.

Brent is on the Executive Committee and is the Chair of Finance for the Global Board of Directors of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG). ACG has 14,500 members and is the world’s leading organization serving middle-market M&A deal-makers and business leaders focused on driving growth. He is also spearheading ACG’s efforts to further build the organization’s outreach to corporate development professionals. Brent also serves on the board of the St. Louis ACG chapter.


Aaron Polack
Director of Business Development, Lion Equity Partners
ACG Denver

Aaron joined Lion Equity as an Associate in 2008. Currently, Aaron manages the business development activities of the company including deal sourcing and evaluation, marketing, and add-on acquisition efforts for portfolio companies.

Prior to joining Lion Equity, Aaron was an Investment Banking Analyst for JPMorgan. At JPMorgan, he was responsible for financial valuation and analysis, due diligence, and evaluating M&A opportunities for mid-corporate companies in the Rocky Mountain region.

Aaron started his career in the Asset Management Group at PNC Bank. At PNC, Aaron was actively involved in all aspects of Asset Management and Capital Markets trading activity for the bank.

Thank you to our sponsors!