ACG Announces 2019-2020 Global Board of Directors


ACG welcomes new chairman and five new members to its governance board

CHICAGO, September 3, 2019 – Association for Corporate Growth® (ACG), the global dealmaking network announced its annual changes in leadership for the coming year. Its Global Board of Directors welcomed a new chairman, five new members, and new appointments to its executive committee.

Martin Okner, President & COO of dpHUE (a middle-market hair care company) and a member of ACG New York, will succeed as Chairman, a one-year role, and lead the ACG Global Board of Directors in 2019-2020. Okner, who previously served as the Vice Chairman of ACG Global, President of ACG New York and the Chairman of ACG Global’s Public Policy Committee, has extensive leadership experience in the middle market and in private capital, readying him for this role.

“The middle market is the single largest contributor of growth in U.S. jobs and accounts for more than half of the 51.8 million jobs created since the financial crisis,” Okner said. “As we head into a presidential election year, and face uncertainties that can negatively impact markets and the rate of global economic growth, it’s as important as ever for ACG to educate the public and policymakers about the importance of private capital.”

ACG’s Global Board is comprised of 27 directors, including five officers. Board members are nominated by their peers or their ACG chapter, vetted by the nomination committee, and serve an initial three-year term.

Okner succeeds Angela MacPhee, Partner and Global Forensics Leader of Baker Tilly and a member of ACG Denver. MacPhee will continue to serve the board and executive committee as ACG’s Immediate Past Chairman.

“This year, we embarked on a national search to find a new dynamic leader of ACG Global,” said MacPhee. “I’m honored to have led the search effort and look forward to working with Marty and our new CEO to advance the interests of our members, volunteers, leaders and staff who together make driving middle market growth a priority.”

Also serving on the ACG’s executive committee: Andrew Apfelberg, a Partner of Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP and member of ACG Los Angeles, will serve as the Corporate Secretary; Brent Baxter, Managing Director of Nolan & Associates and a member of ACG St. Louis, will serve as Vice-Chairman; and Steven Castino, a Shareholder of Vestal & Wiler, CPAs and a member of ACG Orlando, will serve as the Chairman of Finance. Joining the ACG Global Board of Directors: Christina Bui, Chief Revenue Officer of Kranz & Associates and a member of ACG San Francisco; Paul Gautier, Managing Director of Cary Street Partners, LLC and a member of ACG Central Texas; Steven Moon, Managing Director of Duff & Phelps Securities, LLC and a member of ACG Los Angeles; Ellen Purdy, Chief Financial Officer of Connexin Software and a member of ACG Philadelphia; and Curt Tatham, Managing Director of Lincoln International, LLC, and a member of ACG New York.

Of his appointment to head of the dealmaking network, Okner said, “ACG is an organization that’s been an integral part of my career. We all work to balance our time and maximize our investments. ACG has produced real connections that have helped grow dpHUE and create jobs in the middle market. The ROI from ACG membership is priceless.” 

The Executive Members on the ACG Global Board are:

  • Chairman of the Board: Martin Okner, President & COO, dpHUE, ACG New York
  • Vice Chairman of the Board: Brent Baxter, Managing Director, Nolan & Associates, ACG St. Louis
  • Chairman of Finance: Steven Castino, Shareholder, Vestal & Wiler, CPAs, ACG Orlando
  • Corporate Secretary: Andrew Apfelberg, Partner, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP, ACG Los Angeles
  • Past Chairman of the Board: Angela MacPhee, Partner, Baker Tilly, ACG Denver
  • John Connery, Shareholder & Corporate Tax Group Co-Chairman, Hill Ward Henderson, ACG Tampa Bay
  • Josh Hollingsworth, Attorney, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, ACG Indiana
  • Jeff Noland, COO & CFO, DartPoints, LLC, ACG Dallas

The Directors at Large on the ACG Global Board are:

  • Tim Bryan, Partner, Duane Morris LLP, ACG Maryland
  • Christina Bui, Chief Revenue Officer/SVP Business Development, Kranz & Associates, LLC, ACG San Francisco
  • Paul Gautier, Managing Director, Cary Street Partners, LLC, ACG Central Texas
  • David Gershman, Partner & General Counsel, Trivest Partners, L.P., ACG South Florida
  • Brent Kulman, Director of Business Development, Five Points Capital, ACG Charlotte
  • Christine Nowaczyk, Senior Vice President, BOK Financial Corporation, ACG Arizona
  • Walter O'Haire, Managing Director, Stout, ACG San Francisco
  • Nate Olsen, Managing Director, Business Development, Insperity, ACG Houston
  • Aaron Polack, Director of Business Development, Lion Equity Partners, LLC, ACG Denver
  • Ellen Purdy, Chief Financial Officer, Connexin Software, ACG Philadelphia
  • Curt Tatham, Managing Director, Lincoln International, LLC, ACG New York

The ACG Chapter Representative Directors include:

  • Frederic Borras, Morera Asesores & Auditores, ACG Barcelona
  • Bob Brickman, Director, Postlethwaite & Netterville, ACG Louisiana
  • Shane Dunn, Partner & Senior Vice President, Ernst & Young, ACG Calgary
  • David Hellier, Partner, Bertram Capital, ACG New York
  • Matt Laffey, Principal, Heritage Capital Group, ACG North Florida
  • Steven Moon, Managing Director, Duff & Phelps Securities, LLC, ACG Los Angeles
  • Stephen Smith, ACG Toronto
  • John Sweeney, Managing Director, Hilliard Lyons, ACG Kentucky


Media Contacts:

Karen Craven
Association for Corporate Growth
(773) 230-8785

About Association for Corporate Growth
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