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Event Date Tue Jun 29 ADT (4 months ago)
In your timezone (EDT): Tue Jun 29 7:30am - Tue Jun 29 2:00pm
Location Virtual
Region Americas

The Smart Business Dealmakers Conference, formerly known as ASPIRE, connects hundreds of Northeast Ohio business leaders — from middle-market CEOs to top investors and lenders to leading M&A advisers. With sessions ranging from raising capital to buying and selling companies to planning for liquidity events, our conference covers the breadth of the M&A landscape.


2021 Speakers

Brian Adkinson
Director, RSM US LLP

Ronald Ambrogio
President - Ohio Region, BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Dominic J. Bagnoli, Jr.
Executive Chairman, US Acute Care Solutions

Mike Baird
Retired CEO – Human Arc Corporation, Investor, Board Member

John Ballun
President & CEO, Retired, Val-Matic Valve & Manufacturing Corp.

Jeff Bechtel
President - Cleveland Region, First National Bank

Matthew Becker
National Managing Partner, BDO USA LLP

Murad Beg
Partner, Provariant Equity Partners

David Black
Partner & Vice-Chair, Business Department, Ulmer & Berne LLP

Tom Burger
Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Gridiron Capital

Joseph Carson
Managing Director, Fifth Third Securities

David Cheney
CEO, Coles Gray LLC

Tim Clepper
President & CEO, Kaulig Companies

Chris Copley
CEO, Capital Anesthesia Solutions

Marshall Dahneke
Operating Partner, Gridiron Capital

Kevin Dehner
Shareholder, Clark Schaefer Hackett

Rocco DiLillo
Chairman, PCX Corporation, City Visitor Inc., PorchLight Destination Services, Advanced Hydro Solutions

Jon Doehr
Managing Director, Cascade Partners LLC

David Dunstan
Managing Director, Citizens Bank M&A Advisory

Eric Easton
Chief Financial Officer, Ampex Brands Family of Companies

Mark Fischer
President & CEO, Robin Industries

Beth Haas
Partner, Cyprium Investment Partners

Kallie Hapgood
Managing Director, Investor Relations

David Hegeman
Chief Financial Officer, The Millcraft Paper Company

J. David Heller
President, CEO & Co-Founder, The NRP Group LLC

James Irwin
Managing Director, Head of Buy-Side Practice, Citizens Capital Markets

Ansir Junaid
Chairman, SupplySide Group

Jayne Juvan
Chair of M&A, Securities & Capital Markets, Tucker Ellis LLP

John Knific
Co-Founder & President, Wisr (acquired by EAB)

Stewart Kohl
Co-CEO, The Riverside Company

Jamie Lynch
Regional President - Ohio, TCF Bank

Anthony Manna
Chairman, Signet LLC

John Mastrantoni
President, KMPH Real Estate LLC

Deborah May
Founder & President, Wholesale Supplies Plus

Michael Moran
Managing Partner, Walnut Ridge

William Murphy
Managing Director, UBS

Harvey Nelson
CEO, Main Street Gourmet

Rhonda Newman
Director, Foundation Wellness

Tim Phillips
President, First Federal Lakewood

Brandon Pitts
CEO, One Up

Joe Pulizzi
Founder, The Tilt

Andrew Rutherford
SVP, Middle Market Banking, Truist Bank

Jeff Schwab
Sr. VP - Private Equity Services, Oswald Companies

Matt Buder Shapiro
Chief Marketing Officer, Vytalize Health

Greg Skoda
Senior Partner, Marcum LLP

Floyd Trouten
Director of Transactions, Barnes Wendling

Kate Volzer
Co-founder & CEO, Wisr

Alan M. Zang
Regional President, U.S. Bank

Sponsors & Partners

2021 Sponsors

• Fifth Third Bank
• Tucker Ellis
• Oswald
• US Bank
• Citizens Capital Markets
• TCF Bank
• BNY Mellon
• Ulmer Attorneys
• Gridiron Capital
• Barnes Wendling
• Marcum
• BB&T Suntrust
• Clark Schaeffer Hackett
• Ellsworth
• Cascade Partners

• First Federal of Lakewood
• KJ+K
• Huntington
• Cushman & Wakefield
• Vistage