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Session E


Presented By: Ascent Advisory Partners / Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Panelists and description to be announced soon.


Gordon Watt
Managing Director
Ascent Advisory Partners

Gordon R. Watt is a Managing Director & Co-Founder, Ascent Advisory Partners. Gordon has over 30 years of M&A and investment banking experience. He has both middle-market and Wall Street experience, having advised clients ranging from small, founder-owned businesses to large, publicly traded companies. He was a Managing Director at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey (now Truist) responsible for the execution of both M&A and capital raising transactions. Prior roles included Managing Director in the investment banking group at The Robinson-Humphrey Company (a division of Citigroup). He started his career in the corporate and investment banking group at Chemical Bank (now JPMorgan) in New York City. In 2019, he co-founded Ascent Advisory Partners to provide M&A advisory services to family and founder-owned companies in the lower middle-market.


Michael Hollingsworth
Nelson Mullins

Michael is co-head of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group and its Investment Management Group. He focuses on middle-market corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures. He also serves on the firm's Executive Committee, the governing body of seven partners who oversee firm standing committees, strategic initiatives, and firm operations.

Mark Kessler
Palmares Capital Partners

Mark Kessler is a partner at Palmares Capital which makes non-control investments in low to middle-market founder-owned businesses. Prior to joining Palmares, Mark was the Chief Strategy Officer at Trimble Transportation Mobility and General Manager at PeopleNet. Throughout his career, Mark's growth, partnership, and acquisition endeavors have resulted in over $1 billion in added revenue. Mark graduated with a BS and MBA from Auburn University where he was captain of the Auburn Tennis Team.

Conference Location

1930 Bobby Jones Drive
Johns Creek, GA 30097
Tel: (770) 448-2166