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Session A

Dealmakers M&A Roundtable: What’s Over the Horizon? Evaluating the current deal market and looking ahead

Presented By: First National Bank

Following a record-breaking year in 2021, the U.S. M&A market cooled off considerably during the first three quarters of 2022, as deal volumes and values fell across many segments and uncertainty increased. Join a panel of C-suite executives, entrepreneurs, and an M&A financial advisor as they explore the state of the deal market and their respective organizational journeys amid a tightening interest- rate cycle, persistently high inflation, and challenging economic conditions.


Greg Wilcox
Regional Manager
First National Bank

Greg Wilcox is a Regional Manager covering Middle Market and Large Corporate banking for the Carolinas at First National Bank. Greg has been in banking for over 30 years in various roles covering multiple industries and deal sizes with an emphasis on Middle Market M&A transactions and previously worked as a High Yield Fixed Income research analyst covering Consumer Products and the Automotive & Transportations industries. Greg is a Charlotte native and attended Davidson College and Queens University for graduate school and currently has a Series 7/63 license.



Jim Frias
Retired Chief FInancial Officer
Nucor Corporation

Jim Frias has recently retired (June 2022) as EVP and Chief Financial Officer of Nucor Corporation (NUE/nyse). During his 31 year career with Nucor Jim served in operational financial roles for 10 years, 9 years as corporate controller and over 12 years as Chief Financial Officer. During Jim’s career Nucor experienced significant growth in a low growth industry becoming the nations largest and most profitable steel producer and expanding it’s portfolio of raw materials and downstream steel products businesses. As CFO Jim played a leading role in strategy development and execution, and in the development of a disciplined capital allocation framework that balanced investing in growth with returning capital to investors. Jim currently serves on the board of directors of Carlisle Companies (CSL/nyse) where he recently completed two terms as Audit Committee Chair.

Mike Griffin
Griffin Brothers Companies

Mike Griffin is second-generation partner of Griffin Brothers Companies (GBC), a diversified family business founded in 1961 by Larry Griffin, Sr. GBC is a $80 million revenue enterprise with investments in waste management, commercial real estate, hospitality, and partnerships with next generation entrepreneurs. Mike’s management duties include corporate treasurer, waste management, real estate, and investments in service-based businesses.

Omar Jorge
Compare Foods Supermarkets

Omar Jorge is the CEO of Compare Foods Supermarkets and Chairman of Aurora Grocery Group. Aurora Grocery Group is one of the leading international supermarket chains on the East Coast with thirty-seven supermarkets operating under the Compare Foods, Gala Foods, and GalaFresh Farms banners. A second-generation grocer, Omar is actively serves on the boards of the Food Marketing Institute, the Carolina Food Industry Council, and the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association.

Conference Location

4735 Carmel Road
Charlotte, North Carolina 28226
Tel: 704.945.9630