Corporate Development Officers – Where Are You?

By David Hellier

The name says it all:  Association for Corporate Growth.  But we are missing something: active participation by members of the corporate community, especially corporate development officers who are actively involved in middle market M&A. 

After spending the last five years building relationships with corporate development officers at publicly traded companies, I have learned that there are two primary reasons we don’t see more participation in ACG by corporate development officers:

1.  They don’t see the value of the network and
2.  They don’t want to be overwhelmed with non-value-added conversations at networking events.

In an effort to address these issues, four firms – Bertram Capital, Grant Thornton, Raymond James and Heidrick & Struggles – have teamed up as sponsors to launch the first invitation only conference to focus solely on best practices and issues facing corporate development officers. 

The First Annual Global Corporate Development Conference (www.acgcdo.org) will take place on September 31 and October 1 in New York City.  Hosted by ACG New York, corporate development officers will explore topics such as the role of the corporate development officer and corporate strategy, technology integration into industrial companies, value creation in the enterprise and a small group break-out on a variety of best practice topics.  Participants include ABB, Applied Materials, Brady Corporation, Curtis Wright, Dover Corporation, and Siemens.

The goal of the conference is to create a platform within ACG where corporate development officer can network with their peers and discuss critical issues facing their role within the corporate environment.  The sponsors are committed to making this an annual event where we can start to bring the “CORPORATE” back into ACG in a way that is comfortable and value-added to our corporate development colleagues. 

Will you be joining us at the end of the month for this event?

David Hellier is a Partner at Bertram Capital, a private equity firm focused on middle market businesses and which has managed in excess of $850 million in committed capital as well as completing 12 platform investments and 15 follow-on acquisitions.

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