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The Art of Acquisitions

Presented By: Nemphos Braue LLC / Clearview Group

When you are active on the buy-side, having a clear understanding of the landscape can help you establish a strong strategy for the types of companies you seek to buy, where to find them, and how to do due diligence in any environment. This can mean the difference between growth and stagnation, and even missing out on deals. Hear from acquisition-minded executives and M&A advisors as they discuss their thoughts on the current buy-side environment and best practices for closing acquisitions.

Following a 40-minute panel discussion you will have the opportunity to meet the speakers and ask questions during a 20-minute video Q&A session.


George Nemphos
Managing Member & Co-Founder
Nemphos Braue LLC

George J. Nemphos is a founding member of Nemphos Braue, a Mid-Atlantic boutique law firm, representing entrepreneurs, start-ups, emerging and mature companies, as well as venture capital and private equity funds. He has extensive experience working with private equity to lead M&A deals including spin-offs, roll-ups, minority interest acquisitions and joint ventures, as well as advising in capital raising efforts, and supporting entrepreneurs to grow and scale their businesses. George holds a LLM from Georgetown, and a JD from U of B. He volunteers his time at St. Paul’s School for Boys, was the 2019 Auction Chair for the American Heart Association Heart Ball, and serves on the Board of Directors for both Driving Force Group and the American Diabetes Association.


Brian Guerin
Calvert Street Capital Partners

Brian is a Partner and 16-year veteran at Calvert Street Capital Partners, a lower middle market private equity firm in Baltimore, MD. He leads Calvert Street's sourcing efforts and its investment focus on the industrial services sector. Brian serves on the Boards of several Calvert Street portfolio companies as well as ACG Maryland and a local elevator inspection company, Allsafe Dominion. Prior to joining Calvert Street, Brian worked for Ernst & Young Corporate Finance as an investment banker and at Arthur Andersen in its audit and assurance practice.

Brian Davis
Managing Director & CEO
Clearview Group

Brian is the Managing Director and CEO of Clearview Group, a rapidly growing CPA and Management Consulting firm in Maryland. Brian is a proven leader with more than 20 years of experience in the accounting and consulting field. With principles rooted in transparency and integrity, Brian’s commitment and passion are the driving force behind Clearview’s growing team of dedicated professionals who cultivate solid, trusted relationships with clients, prospects, and candidates.

Alan Macksey
Managing Director
The Courtney Group

Mr. Macksey has over 30 years of experience in private equity and has completed over 100 investments including platform and add-on acquisitions. Before joining The Courtney Group in 2019, he was with Sterling Partners where he helped raise and invest seven institutional funds. Mr. Macksey received a BA from Yale University and an MBA from The Wharton School.

Pete Vrettakos
Chairman & CEO
ICSG Holdings-Incorp Industries, LLC

Pete is an entrepreneur, investor, and independent sponsor. Pete started and operated Atlantic Industrial, providing specialized services to energy sector industrial plants, government, and commercial contractors. When sold in 2008, Atlantic was operating in refineries, chemical plants, government facilities and commercial construction sites in 25 states and Puerto Rico. Since the start of Atlantic and after its sale, Pete has partnered with publicly traded and private equity partners to acquire and build many similar firms.

Conference Location

Dealmakers Conference
Baltimore, Maryland
Tel: (800) 988-4726