PRESS RELEASE - 11/12/19



Contact: Mina Trujillo, ChraftPR



ACG Los Angeles Welcomes Seasoned Business Executive

Michael Rivera Brings M&A Background to Middle Market Association

(LOS ANGELES – November 12, 2019) The Association for Corporate Growth® Los Angeles Chapter is pleased to announce that Michael Rivera has joined as its Chief Executive Officer.

"Growing companies require the marriage of a visionary and an investor," said Suzie Doran, ACG Los Angeles Chairman of the Board of Directors ad Partner with SingerLewak. "Michael's appreciation for that foundational relationship is evidenced by his success as an entrepreneur, experience in private equity and venture capital, and as a capital fund founder. His rich understanding of the critical importance of relationships in dealmaking equips him with the strategic tools to grow our chapter's presence and influence. "

Prior to joining ACG LA, Rivera developed, launched and oversaw the University of Southern California Marshall Venture Capital Fund and the school's Founder Central Initiative, where he invested equity in early-stage ventures and readied entrepreneurs for success through training, tailored course programming, and both hands-on and online training. Michael will continue as an adjunct faculty member at USC Marshall teaching in the graduate program. Michael is a long-time Planet Fitness franchisee and contributed to the chain's strategic growth in California and Wisconsin. Previously, Rivera spent more than a decade as Partner at 6th Street Investments & 6th Street Ventures, where he managed deal sourcing, due diligence, and legal and strategic communication for the private equity and venture capital firms. Rivera has also worked in commodity trading and in government affairs.

"I like to think that my career was built for this moment." Rivera said. "From sourcing deals, to deploying capital, and supporting entrepreneurial success, my career provides me with the collective experiences to both connect with and relate to ACG's members. I look forward to building on the work of its generous volunteers, record of relevant programming and robust networking."

ACG LA boasts more than 600 members who include middle market corporate executives, commercial and investment bankers, private equity investors and legal, accounting and finance professionals. It hosts more than 30 annual events, including its ACG LA Business Conference.

"I'm grateful to the search committee that ensured we considered an array of talented candidates," Doran said. "Michael's depth of experience and fresh perspective position the chapter well for its next phase of growth."   We are excited to welcome Michael into his new role effective November 14. 




About ACG Los Angeles: ACG LA is one of the largest chapters of the Association for Corporate Growth®. Founded in 1954, ACG has 59 chapters. Its worldwide network comprises 90,000 professionals within the middle market, including 14,500 members who serve as the investors, lenders, owners, executives and advisers to growing middle-market companies. ACG's mission is to drive middle-market growth. The organization's official publication, Middle Market Growth®, highlights stories important to the ACG membership. 



2019-2020 ACG Global Board of Directors Announced (9.4.2019)

Press Release - click here

New Board Member Profiles in Middle Market Growth Magazine - click here


The LA Chapter is proud of our ACG Global board members from our chapter:

Andrew Apfelberg - Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger -  Corporate Secretary

Andrew is a corporate and finance attorney for middle-market companies throughout the United States. He acts as their outside general counsel and advises them in significant transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, private equity and other financings, joint ventures and licensing.

Andrew has particular expertise in the branded consumer products, manufacturing & distribution, new media and technology industries. His clients benefit from his strong business and finance background gained from working for investment bank Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin prior to attending law school. This experience enables Andrew to more effectively structure transactions and negotiate agreements to maximize the return to the client and increase the likelihood of getting the deal closed.

Andrew is a past president of ACGLA and continues to serve on the ACG Global board.

Steve Moon - Duff & Phelps - Joining the Global board as an ACG Chapter Representative Director

Steve is the past president of ACG Los Angeles (2016-2018), and has served on the board since 2009. He serves on the chapter’s executive committee and chapter-level committees focused on private equity and corporate executives. Moon previously served as the head of the chapter’s Private Equity Roundtable.

His goals as an ACG Global board member include building stronger connections among various chapters and sharing best practices, as well as bringing new innovative programs and ideas that have been explored and implemented at the chapter level to the broader global organization.

Outside for work, Moon enjoys playing and coaching sports with his two kids and watching his beloved Los Angeles sports teams in action.