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Committee

Chairman

Fred Koury

Fred Koury

President & CEO

Smart Business Network


Fred co-founded Smart Business Network in 1989 with a single publication in Cleveland, Ohio. In the years since, he has built the company into a leading multimedia and content marketing business providing print and digital marketing services to a national client base.


Host Committee

Eric Abel

Eric Abel

Co-Founder, Senior Managing Director & Chief Financial Officer

ValStone Partners


John Acker

John Acker

General Partner

Spring Capital Partners


Greg Barger

Greg Barger

General Partner

NewSpring Capital


Greg is a General Partner of NewSpring and is a General Partner of the Firm’s dedicated mezzanine funds. Greg joined NewSpring in 2009 and has more than 30 years of experience in the financing of middle-market and growth-stage business.

From 2006-2009, Greg was a Managing Director with Calvert Street Capital Partners, Inc. (“CSCP”), a private equity and mezzanine capital fund, where he helped to complete the investment of their $130 million mezzanine fund.

Prior to joining CSCP, from 1996 to 2006 he was a Senior Vice-President at Mercantile Bank and launched its in-house private equity group. In this capacity, Greg grew the bank’s portfolio of fund and direct investments to nearly $70 million. Before Mercantile, he was Director of Equity Research at Wilen Management Co. Inc., an investment advisory company. He also worked at MNC Financial Corporation, a predecessor of Bank of America, from 1987 to 1995 where he held positions in credit, structured finance, workout, and private banking.

Greg received a BS in Finance from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from Loyola College. He also earned a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) credential (non-active).

Daniel Baumwald

Daniel Baumwald

SVP, North America

Performance Health


Seema Chaturvedi

Seema Chaturvedi

Founder & CEO

AWE Funds/AWE Project


Jonathan Cohen

Jonathan Cohen

Founder, President & CEO

20/20 GeneSystems


Jonathon Cope

Jonathon Cope

Principal

Patriot Capital


Jonathon is a Principal at Patriot Capital, a lower-middle market fund focused on providing event-driven debt and equity co-investments to companies that have between $5-25 million of EBITDA. Jonathon is responsible for origination, underwriting and execution, and portfolio management. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland and received his MBA from the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business.

Sam Diener

Sam Diener

Managing Partner

Early Light Ventures


Erik Ginsberg

Erik Ginsberg

Co-Founder

Slate Capital


Brian Guerin

Brian Guerin

Partner

Calvert Street Capital Partners


Jolene Gurevich

Jolene Gurevich

Manager

Mtech Ventures & Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund


Emily Halpern

Emily Halpern

Director, Private Equity Services

BDO USA


Tim Hodge

Tim Hodge

Managing Partner

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP


Jacob Hsu

Jacob Hsu

CEO

Catalyte


Jacob is a man of two passions: his work and his family. A dedicated father of four, he works to make the world a better place for all families. This begins with reawakening the American dream that anyone from any background can succeed. His time leading Catalyte is dedicated to making this a reality and making the company a catalyst for a lifelong journey of personal, community and client improvement.

Lee M. Koury

Lee M. Koury

Managing Partner

Smart Business


Lee is managing partner of Smart Business, a national events, media and marketing company founded in 1989, primarily responsible for expanding the company’s Aspire deal-making conference throughout the U.S. He plays a key role in establishing corporate policies and developing long-term strategy and growth plans. Previously, he founded and chaired the Growth Group at national law firm Arter & Hadden LLP (now Tucker, Ellis & West), which focused on working with middle-market and high-growth technology companies.

Larry Letow

Larry Letow

Operating Partner

Interprise Partners


Larry brings a great deal experience in the M&A world within the technology/cybersecurity industry. His background as a CEO/President, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operations Officer and Chief Sales Officer brings a unique perspective to every deal. He also brings M&A experience in the services and product industries with a strong background in government contracting.

William McComas

William McComas

Partner & Managing Member

Bowie & Jensen


George Nemphos

George Nemphos

Managing Member and 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.

Martin O'Neill

Martin O'Neill

Managing Director

Chesapeake Corporate Advisors


Marty O’Neill leads the firm’s Government Contracting and Technology practice. A Managing Director with years of experience as a business operator, Marty brings his operating management experience, spanning Fortune 500 corporations to entrepreneurial ventures, to each CCA engagement. Marty has written four books and his “Building Business Value” book and methodology have been used by numerous regional mid-market companies to create business value as part of their corporate strategic planning processes.

André Pienaar

André Pienaar

Founder & CEO

C5 Capital


André is a Managing Partner and the Founder of C5, a specialist technology investment group that invests in the secure data ecosystem including cybersecurity, cloud infrastructure, data analytics and space with offices in Washington, London and Luxembourg. André serves on the boards of IronNet Cybersecurity and Blue Voyant in the USA, Reduxio and Panoply in Israel, the Haven Group in Luxembourg, and ITC Secure in London. He previously served on the Boards of Omada, Balabit and Shape Security which C5 exited successfully.

André started his career at Kroll Inc in 1996 where he became the youngest managing director until the successful sale of the company to Marsh & McLennan. In 2004, André went on to found G3, an international consulting firm that advises global companies and international law firms on cybersecurity. In 2011, he sold G3 to Europe’s leading technology investment holding company.

André advised the 6th Duke of Westminster on the establishment of the new Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) in the United Kingdom as a state-of-the-art centre for the rehabilitation of British military veterans.

André’s charitable interests include being a Director of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) and a trustee of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, a British charity focused on wildlife conservation. In 2020, André set up the Cyber Alliance to Defend Our Healthcare, a voluntary coalition of cybersecurity companies to protect the healthcare services from cyberattacks. In 2020, Andre joined the Advisory Council of the Limitless Space Institute (LSI) a non-profit organization to support the research and development of enabling technologies that will allow for interstellar human space exploration. André is a lawyer and an expert on cyber law and cybercrime.

Andrew Segall

Andrew Segall

Partner

Saul Ewing LLP


Dr. Linda Singh

Dr. Linda Singh

Founder & CEO

Kaleidoscope Affect, LLC


Dr. Linda Singh is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Kaleidoscope Affect, LLC providing leadership and management consulting, strategic advisory services for various public and private sector clients that span health, defense, state, and local government. Previously served as the Interim CEO, TEDCO; the Adjutant General/Cabinet Secretary for MD Military Department, and Senior Executive at Accenture.

Mac Tisdale

Mac Tisdale

President, Mid-Atlantic Region

FNB Corporation


Mac is the Mid-Atlantic Regional President of First National Bank. With strong and relevant experience, Mac joined First National Bank in January 2013. Prior to joining First National Bank, Mac served for 12 years with SunTrust Bank in Baltimore, Maryland, as City President and Commercial Banking Manager. Previously, he worked for First National Bank of Maryland and SunTrust Bank in Atlanta.

Mac earned an M.B.A. in Finance from Maryland’s Johns Hopkins University, as well as a B.A. in Economics from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Currently, he serves as a member of the board of directors for the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and Living Classrooms Foundation. He is currently president of the Maryland Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundaiton Board of Directors. In addition, he is also the past president of both the Maryland Chapter of Association for Corporate Growth and Washington and Lee University’s Alumni Association, Baltimore Chapter.

David Warnock

David Warnock

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Camden Partners


Conference Location

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