October 25, 2017: CHICAGO— The Association for Corporate Growth today announces it has named Patrick J. Morris as president and CEO. Mr. Morris joins ACG, an organization comprised of over 14,500 members including private capital providers and advisers for middle-market businesses. He joins ACG after serving more than six years as CEO of ACA International –The Association of Credit and Collection Professionals, in Washington, D.C. He will officially join ACG this December.
“Pat is inheriting an organization that is well-positioned for transformative change and ready for strategic growth,” says Jason Brown, immediate past chairman of the ACG Global Board of Directors and partner at Victory Park Capital. “His leadership philosophy, fluency in public policy matters, and understanding of the strategic path forward for the ACG makes him the ideal candidate to take on the role of CEO,” says Brown.
A proven trade association executive and seasoned advocate with more than two decades of experience, Mr. Morris was responsible for leading ACA International – a global organization that represents more than 230,000 financial services professionals working in collection agencies, law firms, asset buying companies, creditors, vendors, and affiliates. He helped lead the charge to advance the voice and advocacy of the credit and collection industry, and he established groundbreaking thought leadership, legal defense strategies, and R&D efforts.
“We were impressed by Pat’s long history of leading complex organizations to achieve meaningful and lasting results. We are thrilled that he is joining the ACG team, and the board of directors looks forward to assisting him in the successful leadership of our organization,” says J.B. Dollison, chairman of the ACG Global Board of Directors and partner at Crutchfield Capital Corporation. “With a need for continued growth and support of our 59 chapters, a new strategic vision to build membership, and a desire to expand ACG’s public policy efforts, Mr. Morris is absolutely the right person for this role.”
When asked about his new role at ACG Global, Mr. Morris said, “I am looking forward to serving the needs of the ACG’s diverse and growing membership and promoting its collective voice in advocating common-sense legislative and regulatory changes for capital formation in the middle market. I am particularly enthusiastic about meeting our organization’s leaders and membership to collectively advance the ACG’s mission of Driving Middle Market Growth.”
Mr. Morris previously served as the executive vice president of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions and the executive director of the Washington-based International Committee for Information Technology Standards. He holds a master’s in public administration from the University of Kentucky and a bachelor’s degree from Christopher Newport University. He began his career as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, was selected for the prestigious Presidential Management Fellows program and subsequently worked in legislative affairs for both the Secretary of Defense and U.S. Sen. John Warner of Virginia.
About the Association for Corporate Growth
Founded in 1954, ACG has 59 chapters across the globe. ACG’s 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. For more information about ACG, please visit www.acg.org.