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Session 1

Dealmakers Conversations

Presented By: Smart Business Dealmakers

Dealmakers Conversations

  • A Dealmakers Award Conversation with Michael Schultz, Co-Founder & Board Member, Aclaimant
  • A Dealmakers Awards Conversation with Robert May, CEO, Beacon Group & Managing Director, Akoya Capital



Dustin S. Klein
Chief Content Officer
Smart Business

Dustin is an award-winning business journalist, bestselling author, and the chief content officer of Smart Business. Over the past 30 years, he has interviewed thousands of business and civic leaders, and helped more than 50 CEOs and entrepreneurs transform their ideas into books. A trained investigative politics reporter and former digital media entrepreneur, Dustin joined Smart Business in 1997 after serving as an editor at several daily newspapers.


Michael Schultz
Co-Founder & Board Member



Robert May
CEO / Managing Director
Beacon Group / Akoya Capital Partners

With 35+ years of executive leadership experience in the plastics and chemicals industries, Bob is a results-driven leader with proven success in business transformation – driving growth, operational excellence and building high-performing management teams to improve EBITDA performance and enterprise value. As CEO and Executive Board Chair for Beacon Manufacturing Group and its companies, Bob’s leadership will be instrumental as the company accelerates growth and expands its capabilities geographically to deliver exceptional value across a variety of markets.


Conference Location

Dealmakers Conference
Chicago, IL
Tel: (800) 988-4726