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New Risks for Buyers

Presented By: Aon / Copper Run Capital

Uncover the art of priming your company for a successful buy-side transaction. Join a group of veteran dealmakers as they reveal effective strategies for evaluating and mitigating risk as part of your acquisitional growth strategy.


David Collier
SVP, Cyber Solutions
Aon Corporation

Dave Collier is a 20+ year veteran in the cybersecurity and technology space. He currently serves as SVP of the Central Region for Aon's cyber practice and supports a diverse client base. Dave's expertise focuses on cyber diligence, Incident response investigations, proactive security and technical system testing.

Michael Shaw
Partner, Managing Director
Copper Run Capital

Michael Shaw is a Partner and Managing Director at Copper Run. He has led over 100 buy-side and sell-side M&A deals for companies in the U.S. and abroad. Michael has advised private equity firms, family offices, and family-owned businesses, with clients including The Riverside Company and MPE Partners. He has special expertise in executing M&A growth plans, and ownership transitions.


Constantine Elefter
MPE Partners

Constantine is a Partner at MPE Partners based in the firm’s Cleveland office. Constantine has prior private equity experience at The Riverside Company and Norwest Equity Partners and started his career in investment banking. Constantine graduated with a M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a B.S.B.A. from The Ohio State University.


Kelly Greene
VP, Mergers & Acquisitions
Park Place Technologies

Kelly Greene is the VP of Mergers & Acquisitions at Park Place Technologies.  In her 10 years at Park Place, Kelly has facilitated in excess of 30 acquisitions globally, in each of those years meeting or exceeding the company’s targets for growth by M&A.  With a background in industry, customer service and the human capital of organizations, Kelly brings added perspectives and tools to the economic calculus of deal-making.

Jerry Schill
Founder & CEO
Schill Grounds Management

Jerry Schill founded Schill Grounds Management in 1993, and as CEO he sets the strategic vision for the company and makes executive and financial decisions that drive profitable growth and scale.

Beginning in 2020, Jerry partnered with Argonne Capital to proactively drive consolidation in the highly fragmented commercial grounds management and snow and ice removal industry by acquiring independent privately held businesses that add contiguous geographic expansion for SGM.

Jerry has three decades of leadership experience, and he believes in running the business with family values, integrity, respect and honesty. He also holds leadership positions with industry professional organizations including serving as an active member of the Accredited Snow Contractors Association’s Government Affairs Committee and the Ohio Landscape Association’s Snow and Ice Committee.

Jerry earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Glenville State College, where he was the wide receiver on the football team and was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is also the founder of Holiday Feast, an annual event that provides free meals for thousands of people in the Cleveland area. Jerry’s contributions to the industry were recognized when he was chosen for the National Leadership Award by SNOW Magazine and Lawn & Landscape Magazine.

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