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Monroe Room - 6th Floor Session A

True North: Charting a Plan to Sell Your Business

Presented By: Fifth Third & Horwood Marcus

When selling your company, if you don’t prepare you will be doomed to either run into trouble or leave money on the table. Veteran C-suite executives, investors and dealmakers explore common threads and offer practical advice to help you think through selling your business.


Sean D. Auton
Partner, Business & Finance Group
Horwood Marcus & Berk

Sean is a partner in HMB’s Business and Finance Group. His clients are predominantly high-growth companies, ranging from start-ups to more established entities. He provides a counselor-style approach to delivering legal services. His clients rely on him for their transactional needs, such as contracts and agreements, and fully trust he will provide expert advice on big-picture needs to help them realize the business goals behind the legal documents.


Lance Rosenmeyer

Growing up in the utility construction business as a second-generation leader, Lance has been INTREN’s president for 10 years. He led the company from $180 million to $500 million in revenue while guiding the transition from a family-owned company to family/private equity owned in 2017. He was also the catalyst for the company’s first post-close acquisition in 2018.

Stuart Sorkin
Former Owner, President & CEO
Affy Tapple

Stuart is past president and CEO of Affy Tapple LLC. He transformed the business into the largest wholesale caramel apple company in the U.S. and one of the largest food vendors in the Direct Response Television segment, and led the creation of an e-commerce storefront. He positioned the company for its sale in 2018.

Ian Sylvan
Managing Director – Investment Banking
Fifth Third Securities

Ian is a managing director at Fifth Third Securities - Investment Banking Group. He has approximately 30 years of M&A and investment banking experience and has been involved in numerous transactions across a broad range of industries. He has substantial experience representing private business owners on the sale of their companies.

Chuck Tanner
Managing Partner; Former CEO
Fox Chase Partners; Wholesale Interiors

Chuck founded Wholesale Interiors with two containers and grew the business to over 2,000 containers imported per year from China, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam. He drove growth from a zero dollar company to one with over $60 million in revenue within 14 years and sold the business in 2016. He has a vast understanding of managing small to mid-sized businesses and is a consistent innovator, project and sales channel creator.

Conference Location

17 East Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603
Tel: 312.726.7500