The Times They Are A-Changin'


InterGrowth, the Association for Corporate Growth’s largest deal-making event of the year, which had been cancelled twice because of the pandemic, came back with a roar last April. We logged our largest attendance ever, blew through event goals, and doubled the number of Investment Banks on site. But without fully realizing it at the time, it was actually the brand’s farewell tour.

You see, keeping things status quo just because they aren’t broken is how you get leap frogged over. How you become Blockbuster in the era of Netflix.

An idea had been stirring for several months that didn’t quite come into view until I was actually able to attend my first InterGrowth since becoming the CEO of ACG back in 2019. That idea has become a vision for the next evolution of the middle market’s most valuable networking event.

What is that vision? All will be revealed on Oct 4th when we launch registration for a reimagined event that maximizes industry connections and deal sourcing. You can sign up at to be one of the first people to hear what’s coming next.

Why change it up when we absolutely nailed the event last year? The world is full of so many uncertainties right now. Have we gone mad? No. We’re looking ahead. Maybe a little farther ahead than some people are comfortable with, but that’s the only way to stay out front. My first and greatest love in life is music, and I think Bob Dylan said it best when he so famously sang in 1964:

The line it is drawn

The curse it is cast

The slow one now

Will later be fast

As the present now

Will later be past

The order is rapidly fadin'

And the first one now

Will later be last

For the times they are a-changin'


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