Strategic Acquirers' Network

"Networking with corporate development colleagues provides a unique opportunity to share ideas and best practices" Chemical Industry Acquirer

ACG Philadelphia's Strategic Acquirers' Network Committee 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.

Our invitation-only gatherings ensure that you will have the opportunity to network, compare strategies, share ideas and experiences with your peers to help improve your acquisition success. To get on the invitation list to these events, please contact Stephanie McAlaine at smcalaine@acg.

LISTEN TO Kathleen King of Day & Zimmermann on how ACG IS A valuable tool for strategic acquirers.



M&A East 2018 - Registration open

Bringing together 1,300 financial and strategic buyers, investment bankers and deal professionals for two days of networking, capital and deals.

The Strategic Acquirers' Network will host their annual networking reception at Maggiano's on Wednesday, October 24th at 6:30pm. This is an invitation only ticketed event at M&A East, exclusive to our corporate buyers. Please email for an invitation.

October 24 - 25, 2018

Pennsylvania Convention Center

Broad & Cherry Streets | Philadelphia, PA


Steering Committee:

  • Michael Probst, Teleflex, Inc.
  • Sean Dineen, Quaker Chemical Corporation
  • Scott Heery, KPMG LLP
  • Richard Jaffe, Duane Morris LLP
  • Kathleen King, Day & Zimmermann
  • Raymond Kelly, Eurofins Scientific
  • Erin Lizotte, Berwind Corporation
  • Andrew McBride, AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.
  • Nicolas Rompre, Campbell Soup Company
  • Brad Segal, Comcast Corporation
  • Eric Steager, Independence Blue Cross
  • Matthew Tomkin, Teleflex, Inc.

Prior corporate buyer participants include...

AMETEK, AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V., AquaAmerica, Aramark, Brother Int'l, Campbell's Soup, CertainTeed, Comcast, Connexin Software, Day & Zimmermann, Dupont, Eurofins Scientific, GSK, Hawke Aerospace, Independence Blue Cross, Joy Cone Company, Liberation Behavioral Health, NutriSystems, PCI Pharma Services, PeopleShare, PepBoys, Quaker Chemical, QVC, SAP, S. Walter Packaging Corp., Saint-Gobain, Saxbys Coffee, Senior Care Centers of America, Inc. , SunGard, TE Connectivity, Teleflex, Telerx, Triumph, Urban Outfitters, Vishay, Wise Snacks and more...

Past Events & Speakers:

May 2018: Roundtable Discussion: Tech-Inspired M&A: Acquiring digital capabilities to enhance organic growth

  •  Gregg Albert, Managing Director, Accenture Strategy – Global Mergers & Acquisitions.


March 2018: Roundtable Dinner Discussion: Tax Reform - Evolving Strategic M&A Dynamics

  • Ahmed W. Attia, Executive Director, UBS Investment Bank: Mergers & Acquisitions | Corporate Client Solutions
  • Thomas Iannozzi, Principal and Leader of the M&A Tax Practice in Pennsylvania for KPMG
  • Richard Landers, Vice President - Tax & Real Estate, Campbell Soup


October 2017: M&A East Strategic Acquirers Reception

May 2017: Corporate Buyers' Roundtable: Golf Course M&A

  • John DiMarco, President & Owner of Penn Oaks Golf Club
  • Mike Zisman, Founder & CEO, Golf Genius Software

February 2017: Corporate Buyers' Roundtable Dinner: Corporate Development Strategy around Activist Investors - Managing and Capitalizing on Industry Disruption

  • Darren Novak, Managing Director, UBS
  • Jackson Dunckel, CFO, Advanced Metallurgical Group


September 2016: M&A East Corporate Programs:

  • Session 1 Speakers: Disruption through M&A - Infusing Innovation for Growth
  • Russ Hartz, Vice President, Corporate Development, SAP
  • Brooke Hayes, Managing Partner, Milestone Partners
  • Joseph McGinley, VP of Corporate Development, Comcast
  • Richard Jaffe, Partner, Duane Morris LLP (moderator)
  • Session 2: Speakers Corporate Venture Funds
  • Sam Landman, Managing Director, Comcast Ventures
  • Eric Steager, Director - Corporate Development and Innovation, Independence Blue Cross
  • Laura Lesker, Director of Strategy, NOVA, a Saint-Gobain External Venturing Company
  • Kate Shay, Partner, Duane Morris (moderator)


May 2016: Corporate Buyers' Roundtable Dinner Discussion: Best Practices in Corporate Development - Is 2016 Meeting Expectations?


October 2015: M&A East Corporate Buyers' Workshop: Culture Considerations for a Successful Acquisition:

  • Melissa Colpo, Associate Partner, Aon Strategic Advisors and Transaction Solutions (moderator)
  • Justin Markle, VP/CFO of Platform Services, Comcast Corporation
  • Judy Lynch, Senior VP, Employee Services, GSK
  • William Scott, VP of Human Resources & Chief Human Resources Officer, Graham Capital


June 2015: Corporate Divestments Dinner Discussion: A central component to a successful growth strategy.

  • William Koch, VP of Strategy & Business Development, GSK Consumer Healthcare
  • Emily McNeal, Vice President, Integration & Business Planning and M&A, TE Connectivity
  • Michael Rabin, Managing Director, Sawaya Segalas


March 2015: Corporate Buyers' Dinner: Buy, Hold or Sell....A 2015 Global Outlook.

  • Andrew Tepper, Managing Director, BNY Mellon Wealth Management's Family Wealth Group


October 2014: M&A East Corporate Buyers' Workshop: Negotiation Leverage Strategies in Acquisitions

  • Interactive presentation from Professor Jonathan Ziegert of Drexel's LeBow School of Business focusing on influence strategies in negotiations with a focus on personality and framing, followed by panel of peer corporate acquirers.


June 2014: Corporate Buyers' Dinner: Best Practices in Corporate Due Diligence

  • Kevin Foley, VP Business Development, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare & Pfizer Nutrition
  • James J. Leyden, Vice President and General Counsel, Teleflex Incorporated
  • Douglas Weiss, Senior Director of Corporate Development, Comcast Corporation
  • David B. Morris, Director of Transactions & Restructuring, KPMG


February 2014: Corporate Buyers' Dinner: Perspectives on Sourcing Deals from PE & Corporate Acquirers

  • Christian Bullitt, Principal - Business Development, LLR Partners
  • Mike Dinan, President & CEO, Dinan & Co.
  • Bill Eginton, Senior Vice President - Corporate Development, AMETEK
  • Charlie Lewis, Vice President - Corporate Development, Berwind


October 2013: M&A East Corporate Buyers' Workshop & Dinner


April 2013: Corporate Executives Dinner: Integration of HR, Human Capital and Culture
Matthew McCreight of Schaffer Consulting shared best practices & common stumbling blocks in integrating human capital and differing organizational cultures and was followed by a round table discussion.


January 2013: Corporate Executives Dinner: The Year of Integration, M&A Best Practices
Steve Sapletal, Managing Partner of OnPoint Consulting, discussed & shared best practices in integrating acquisitions to achieve anticipated synergies as it relates to challenges faced by acquiring companies in the functional areas of Finance & IT


October 2012: M&A East Corporate Buyers' Target Selection Workshop


May 2012: Corporate Development Workshop: Private Equity Experiences & Phillies Game

  • Kevin Rudd, President, Curtis Financial Group (moderator)
  • David Kornblatt, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Triumph Grou
  • Robert Valvano, Vice President of Corporate Development, SunGard
  • Scott Warren, Managing Partner, Milestone Partners
  • Michael Lustbader, Partner, Arlington Capital


January 2012: Corporate Round Table Dinner: M&A Best Practices
Gregg Albert, Principal, Accenture shared the findings from Accenture's study of 110 acquisitive corporations, which shows where acquirers struggle and how they can strengthen their M&A performance.