Northwest Growth Financing Conference Program 2010

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July 29, 2010 – Bell Harbor International Conference Center – Seattle

“Chase is proud to join ACG Seattle in presenting the 2010 Northwest Growth Financing Conference. We are delighted to be part of the dynamic Pacific Northwest business community and look forward to our partnership with the Association for Corporate Growth to help build and support the growth of businesses in the region.”
Curtis B. Fraser, President, Middle Market Banking, Chase The Northwest

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM Registration

7:15 AM – 8:30 AM Economic Outlook Breakfast

James E. Glassman, Managing Director & Senior Economist – JP Morgan Chase – New York, NY
With signs emerging that a US and global economic recovery is taking hold, we will discuss the implications of that for the Northwest region and the key challenges ahead.

8:30 AM – 8:45 AM Welcome – Announcements

Conference Chairman – Franz von Bradsky – President – Green Tree Capital – Napa, CA
The nation’s credit markets are slowly healing after 2008’s collapse with risk premiums shrinking considerably in the past year. The crisis of confidence that gripped financial markets for much of 2008_2009 has abated considerably but still lingers on today with the risk of default on sovereign nation debt that has roiled credit markets of late. The continued uncertainty surrounding financial markets makes the 2010 Northwest Growth Financing Conference especially timely and relevant.

8:45 AM – 10:00 AM – Maximizing Deals in the Recovering M&A Market
The panel will focus on buy-side and sell-side deal trends including what deals are getting done, changes in approach and diligence, and what the future holds in this recovering M&A market. The panel will consist of an investment banker, a private equity investor, an M&A attorney and a corporate CFO who is aggressively pursuing strategic add-on acquisitions.

Chairman – Bryce Morgan – Managing Director – McGladrey – Seattle, WA

Dave DiFranco, Principal – Blue Point Capital Partners – Seattle, WA

Brenda Morris, CFO – Icicle Seafoods, Inc., Seattle, WA

Hector J. Cuellar, President – McGladrey Capital Markets LLC, Costa Mesa, CA

Duff Bryant, Esq., Partner – Stoel Rives LLP, Seattle, WA

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Refreshment Break

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM – Where Have All The Deals Gone?
Market conditions in 2009 were absolutely terrible despite the lowest EBITDA multiples of the decade – transaction volume fell off of a cliff and equity contributions were the highest of the decade. Panelists represent some of the most active private equity investors in the “middle market” who will share their views on the terms, structure, and valuations they are encountering.

Chairman – Ed Drosdick, Business Assurance Partner – Moss Adams – Seattle, WA

Mark E. Morris – Partner – Blue Point Capital Partners – Seattle, WA

M. Hadley Mullin – Managing Director – TSG Consumer Partners – San Francisco, CA

Aaron S. Richmond – Managing Director – Endeavour Capital – Seattle, WA

David Casares – Principal – Vicente Capital Partners – Los Angeles, CA

Luke Johnson – Senior Vice President – Platinum Equity – Beverly Hills, CA

11:45 AM – 1:30 PM Luncheon

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM CEO Fireside Chat
Emory Thomas, Publisher of the Puget Sound Business Journal will host an informal conversation with one of the most respected CEO’s in the Puget Sound region Sally Jewell, CEO of Recreational Equipment, Inc. better known to its loyal customers as REI. The company has been recognized numerous times by Fortune Magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work for in America.”

Emory Thomas, Jr., Publisher – Puget Sound Business Journal – Seattle, WA

Sally Jewell, CEO – Recreational Equipment, Inc. – Kent, WA

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM – Demystifying Mezzanine Finance
In addition to discussing the fundamentals and nuances of mezzanine securities, the panel will contemplate the implications for the mezzanine asset class if observed upward trends in the economy gather momentum. If sustained, will growth bode well for issuers or investors in mezzanine securities?

Chairman – Timothy Fay – Managing Partner – Key Principal Partners – San Francisco, CA

David Schabes, Co-CEO – Chase Capital, Chicago, IL

Stephen W. Etter, Partner – Greyrock Capital Group, San Francisco, CA

Jeffrey J. Holland, Managing Director – Seacoast Capital, San Francisco, CA

Douglas E. Mark, Managing Partner – Northstar Capital, LLC, Minneapolis, MN

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Refreshment Break

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM – The Thawing of the Credit Markets: Is your company Freezer Burnt?
The crisis of confidence that gripped financial markets in 2008 and 2009 has abated considerably but still lingers. While lending to “middle market” companies fell sharply from late 2008, the pendulum seems to be moving in a more favorable direction for borrowers – some more than others. Topics to be discussed will include current lending issues, availability of credit, and what types of companies are best positioned to benefit from the thawing of the credit markets.

Chairman – Curtis B. Fraser, President of Middle Market Banking – Chase, Seattle, WA

Glenn S. Burroughs, Senior Vice President – PNC Business Credit – Seattle, WA

Thomas E. Cleveland, Managing Partner – Access Business Finance – Bellevue, WA

Raymond Yager, Vice President – Fifth Third Bank – Denver, CO

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Middle Market Financing Roundup & Northwest Wine Tasting Reception
Go one on one with senior executives from a wide array of the nation’s leading private equity funds, mezzanine/subordinated debt funds, hedge funds, business development companies and venture capital funds with over $50 billion of capital under management during the conference’s signature event. This unique opportunity to connect with members of these firms is not to be missed.

7:00 PM Program Concludes

The Northwest Growth Financing Conference qualifies for 7 hours of CPE and 5.25 hours of MCLE.