Tom Andes was the Chairman and CEO of Magna Group, Inc. (“Magna”), an $8 billion bank holding company based in St. Louis, Missouri, until 1998 when Magna was sold to Union Planters Corporation at a 3.3x multiple of book value. During his 33 years of service at Magna, he successfully completed the acquisition of approximately 50 banks located throughout the Midwest. During his banking career he served as President of the Illinois Bankers Association (“IBA”), President of the St. Louis Chapter of the American Institute of Banking, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Bankers Roundtable.
Porter Bibb has more than 40 years of experience as a senior investment banker, specializing in media, technology, telecom, and life sciences. For over 15 years, he was Principal, Senior Partner and Director of Investment Banking at Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Porter is a former White House Correspondent for Newsweek magazine, the first Publisher of Rolling Stone Magazine, and formerly served as Corporate Development Director for The New York Times Company. Porter is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other major media, appearing regularly as a commentator on media, technology, and life sciences on both television and radio.
Tom Brown is the CEO of Second Curve Capital, LLC, a New York-based hedge fund that invests principally in the equity securities of financial services companies. In addition, he is the founder of the online media outlet www.bankstocks.com, one of the most authoritative and heavily visited banking-related sites on the Internet. Tom has followed the financial services industry as an analyst and as an investor for over 20 years. Prior to starting Second Curve in early 2000, he headed the North American financial services group for Tiger Management in New York and was Wall Street’s top ranked bank analyst during his tenure with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.
John A. Challenger is CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. the nation’s oldest and premier outplacement consulting firm, where he has worked for over 25 years. From 1999 to 2002 and from 2011 to present, he has served on the labor/human resource committee of The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. In 2003, John Challenger gave testimony in 2003 before the U.S. House Committee on Small Business on the issue of permanent job loss in a global economy. One of the most often-quoted business executives, John is a recognized thought leader on corporate practices, workplace, labor, and economic issues whose insight is frequently sought out by major foreign and domestic broadcast and print media.
Leland Hutchinson has spent his career advising issuers and underwriters in equity capital markets transactions and buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions. He was a capital partner in Winston & Strawn’s corporate department until his retirement in early 2014. Leland was the issuer’s or lead underwriters’ counsel in over 70 equity public offerings over the past 30 years and has advised managements and boards of directors in mergers and acquisitions in both the U.S. domestic and international markets. He is active in the not-for-profit and arts organizations in Chicago.
Scott Meadow is the Faculty Director of Global Initiatives at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and since 2000 has held the position of Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship. Scott has over 25 years experience as a general partner with four venture capital and private equity firms including William Blair Venture Partners, The Frontenac Company, The Sprout Group, and most recently with the Edgewater Funds, where he remains a Senior Advisor. Over the course of his career, Scott has approved hundreds of equity financings, been active in fundraising and has personally led, originated or created more than sixty investments including two dozen healthcare services companies, over a dozen consumer services and retail companies, as well as companies enhanced by the Internet.
George M. Morvis is Founder, President and CEO of Financial Shares Corporation, a Chicago-based strategic financial services advisory and consulting firm. An expert in strategic marketing and financial communications, George and his firm have advised CEO’s and senior executives, financial services companies and not-for-profit organizations around the world. Prior to founding Financial Shares in 1974, George was the Chief Operating Officer of the Illinois Bankers Association. He has lectured and written extensively on strategic marketing and financial communications issues. George also serves on the board of directors of a NYSE-listed public company and two privately-held firms.
David Platter is an investment partner at Coller Capital, a leading global investor in the private equity secondaries market based in New York. Previously a financial institutions investment banker for 27 years, David worked for Morgan Stanley, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, and Bear Stearns before joining Credit Suisse where he was head of FIG Investment Banking for the Americas. At Credit Suisse, David was responsible for managing some of the bank’s largest and highest priority client relationships with insurance companies, banks, asset managers and other financial institutions for whom he provided mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and strategic advisory services.
Peter Pond has been advising corporations in the areas of capital raising and mergers and acquisitions for over 40 years. Peter began his investment banking career with Smith Barney in 1969, where he worked in various investment banking capacities, ending as head of Midwest Investment Banking. Subsequently, he served as Midwest co-Head of Investment Banking for Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette with Mr. Olson from 1991 until 2000, when he formed Alta Equity Partners LLC, a venture capital firm. Additionally, he is Chairman of Maximus Corporation and a Director of Navigant Consulting both of which are listed on the NYSE.
Dick Strubel’s career has included management leadership positions in a number of financial services, manufacturing, and education companies. From 2004–2006, he served as Vice Chairman of Cardean Learning Group, the successor company to UNext, a privately held corporation which delivers advanced education over the Internet for the global marketplace. He was the President and COO of UNext from 1999–2004. In 1984, Mr. Strubel led the acquisition of Microdot Inc. from Northwest Industries in a leveraged buyout and served as President and CEO of the company until 1994. Prior to that, Mr. Strubel was president of Northwest Industries, a broadly diversified NYSE-listed firm with sales in excess of $3 billion.