ACG Philadelphia has multiple committees in which our members get involved and play a critical role in the success of the chapter. Member volunteers are supported by the ACG Philadelphia staff. Become a more engaged member by volunteering. View the various committees below and reply with your area of interest.
ACG University enrolls 40 up-and-coming M&A deal makers in a serial education program designed to teach a broad range of essential deal making skills and strategies. This committee is charged with guiding the overall effort from creating/improving/refreshing curriculum, recruiting and reviewing applicants, identifying a teaching team for each class, working to transition the alumni into the broader ACG Community. The 7-part class covers the following core topics – each topic has its own subcommittee:
Class 1: Sourcing Deals & Building Your Acquisition Strategy with a View Toward Exit
Class 2: Valuation – Methodologies and Approaches
Class 3: Due Diligence – Operational, Technical, Management
Class 4: Arranging Financing – Financing your deal to match your exit
Class 5: Buyout Alternatives: Recaps & Growth Equity Financings
Class 6: Negotiating The Purchase Agreement & Closing the Transaction
Class 7: Closing & Integrating The Deal
The Marketing Committee takes primary responsibility for broad marketing issues such as branding, general communications strategy, new communications initiatives, target audience, geographic coverage, etc. The group is charged with providing insight and consistency in producing specific marketing items including the website, social media, public relations, DealWire, M&A East, the annual member survey, special advertising, announcements and other visible communications pieces.
The Membership Committee is responsible for member engagement/retention and new member recruitment. This includes contacting members whose terms are expiring to ensure their renewal, obtaining feedback on why members may choose not to renew and finding ways to introduce new members of the M&A community, such as the ambassador program.
The ACG Program Committee has primary responsibility for planning the content of 7 monthly ACG Philadelphia Breakfast Briefings; 2 Member Only Networking events; Women’s Events; the Annual Golf Outing; and oversight for Young Dealmakers as well as seeding/incubating new program initiatives such as Private Equity Backed Company Initiative and Industry Roundtables. The committee selects topics as well as identifies speakers and/or panelists/ moderators that will be of interest to members, occasionally joint venturing with other associations.
Strategic Acquirers' Committee
The Strategic Acquirers Commitee hosts exclusive, strictly peer-to-peer, events throughout the year for Corporate Development Officers and other corporate transactional executives to share experiences and best practices while developing relationships in a convenient, enjoyable and relaxing setting. Invitation-only gatherings ensure that CDOs have the opportunity to network, compare strategies, share ideas and experiences with peers to help improve your acquisition success.
Women In Dealmaking
This committee is dedicated to our region's women dealmakers who want to network for deals, share ideas and strengthen ties to the growing M&A deal community. Attendees are active contributors to the deal transaction process including private equity investors, strategic acquirers, investment bankers, commercial lenders as well as transaction attorneys and accountants. The committee is responsible for planning the overall direction of the initiative, messaging, developing appropriate content/events and reaching out to the women deal community.
The Young DealMakers’ Committee attracts and retains talented emerging dealmakers as members. The strategic objective is to strengthen the future membership ranks with talented young dealmakers committed to active participation in ACG and who will contribute to the development of ACG throughout their careers. The goals are:
• To further the shared interests of all young dealmakers who are members of ACG Philadelphia.
• To keep alumni of ACG University connected with ACG Philadelphia.
• To attract talented emerging dealmakers in the Philadelphia area to be members of ACG Philadelphia and applicants of ACG University.
• To foster and develop the future leaders of ACG Philadelphia.
Throughout the year the Young Dealmakers Committee, in conjunction with the Program Committee, will hold quarterly events specially targeted to young dealmakers who represent a diverse mix of up and coming future dealmakers from all disciplines including, private equity firms, investment bankers, lenders, attorneys, accountants, corporate buyers and other dealmakers.
The Annual M&A East Conference is a huge undertaking and is composed of more than a half dozen additional committees. New committees are formed in the late fall. Committees include:
Programs – The Program Committee has primary responsibility for planning the general session and breakout sessions held over the 2 day conference. The committee selects topics as well as identifies industry experts (panelists/moderators) that will be of interest to an audience of dealmakers.
Keynotes – The Keynote Committee is always comprised of the prior year's conference co-chairs and they have the primary responsibility for identifying a top tier line-up of well regarded, influential leaders to serve as the Opening Keynote and Closing Lunch. They work closely with the Executive Director, Steering Committee and Speakers' Bureau.
Sponsorship – The Sponsorship Committee has the ever important role of "pitching" the conference to regional firms to secure commitments for financial sponsorships. An extensive Sponsor Kit, developed by ACG Philadelphia with committee input, contains multiple opportunities at various price points. The committee is responsible for outreach to firms to gain commitments.
DealSource for Investment Banks – The Committee is responsible for outreach to regional and national investment banks to encourage participation in hosting a table during the DealSource meetings. The committee is actively involved with reviewing and updating the prospect list and refining the format to enhance the attendee experience.
Private Equity Outreach – The Committee is responsible for outreach to regional and national private equity firms to encourage them to exhibit in the Private Equity Marketplace (Capital Connection) as well as participate in the DealSource meetings. The committee is actively involved with reviewing and updating the prospect list and refining the format to enhance the attendee experience.