Consumer Brands Conference


Event Details


October 23, 2014 4 PM - 8:30 PM EDT

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Consumer Brands Conference

5th Annual
Consumer Brands Conference

Best Practices in Selling to Strategic Acquirers

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Selling to strategic acquirers is often considered the most desirable form of exit for middle-market companies. The paths to achieving this form of exit can be shaped in a variety of ways and this program will provide an in-depth view of the process and the current view of the middle market from the perspectives of the seller, dealmakers and the strategics themselves.

Essie Weingarten, Founder, essie Cosmetics, Ltd. Click for bio
Max Sortino, Former CEO, essie Click for bio
Conducted by: Martin L. Okner, Managing Director, SHM Corporate Navigators™ Click for bio

Essie has garnered numerous awards from magazines and industry organizations from around the world, including the Achiever Award from Cosmetic Executive Women, a US based organization which honors women that have had a major impact on the beauty industry. She is also regularly featured in A-list publications and has appeared on countless TV programs internationally.

essie cosmetics can be found in more than 101 countries and is loved by women everywhere. essie was acquired by L’Oreal in April 2010.

Max' s marketing and development skills took the essie brand from a salon direct basis to a global distribution and after over 20 years of business marathon and an incomparable creative support from Essie herself , the brand achieved global distribution in over 100 countries , the company established a solid structure and unique presence in the market to attract several large companies with appetite for acquisition.

31 years and more than 900 nail colors later – essie cosmetics is still a favorite among beauty and fashion editors, celebrities, top manicurists and sophisticated women around the world.

PANEL DISCUSSION: Click for bios

  • Moderator, Jeffrey Edelman, Director, Retail and Consumer Advisory Services, McGladrey LLP
  • Chris Elshaw, Former EVP & Chief Operating Officer, Revlon Consumer Products Corporation
  • Tom Girardi, Managing Director, HT Capital Advisors
  • Bruce N. Proctor, Former SVP and General Counsel, North America, Diageo and Senior Advisor, SHM Corporate Navigators
  • Eric Van Bladel, VP, Corporate Development and Head of Internet Retail & Catalog Group, Blyth, Inc.

Event Chair, Martin L. Okner, Managing Director, SHM Corporate Navigators™ Click for bio


• Consumer packaged goods executives
• Business to business resources for consumer goods firms
• Private Equity firms
• Investment bankers

3:00 – 3:30pm Registration
3:30 – 4:30pm Keynote Interview
4:30 – 5:30pm Panel Discussion
5:30 – 7:30pm Cocktails and Networking

JWT (J Walter Thompson), 466 Lexington Avenue, 2nd Floor (between 45th & 46th)
(Enter through the Atrium on 46th Between Park and Lexington)

TIME:  3:00pm - 7:30pm


Hosted by

200 - ACG NY Member
225 - ACG Member from another chapter
300 - Non Member

ACG New York - - 212.489.8700
Hosted by: ACG
New York