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Session A

How did we get here? Evaluating the current deal market and looking ahead

Presented By: Ice Miller LLP

The focus in central Ohio lately has been on the large tech giants’ growing presence in the region. But the M&A landscape that has built the foundation for these types of large-scale initiatives continues to drive investment and employment opportunities. Join a panel of entrepreneurs and decision makers as we celebrate those sectors that got us here and shine a spotlight on those business leaders who will shape the business environment moving forward.


Chris Michael
Ice Miller LLP

Chris Michael is Partner in the Business Group at Ice Miller LLP who spends most of his time counseling financial and strategic buyers and sellers on M&A matters in the lower middle market. His experience ranges over a variety of industries throughout the Midwest and beyond. Chris has called Ice Miller home ever since 2010.


Sean Dunn
Stonehenge Partners



Mark Fleming Jr.
MEMM Capital, LTD

Mark Fleming Jr is an entrepreneur that bootstrapped his company to over $65 million in annual revenue and an eventual sale to Fortune 800 company, Stewart Title Company, in Feb '21. With prior experience in insurance and financial services, Mark has established MEMM Capital with a goal to acquire operating businesses that can be improved through an infusion of technology and process. Mark is also an angel investor and serves on the advisory board of several start-ups. He is the Co-Founder of TalentShare, a company that connects collegiate athletes with the parents of youth athletes for coaching and lessons through a marketplace and app.

Patrick Kennedy
General Counsel
Worthington Industries

Patrick J. Kennedy was named vice president - general counsel and secretary of Worthington Industries in January of 2021.

Kennedy joined Worthington in June of 2016, in a management development capacity as a part of the Worthington Industries Rotational Experience and Development program (WIRED). After two years in the program, he joined Worthington’s legal department as corporate counsel.

Prior to joining Worthington, he was a partner with the law firm Ice Miller LLP, where he was a member of the firm’s business law group.


Ian Labitue
Director of Business Development & Strategy
Kaufman Development

Ian Labitue, Director of Business Development & Strategy, began his career as a financial analyst by completing JPMorgan Chase’s Global Investment Banking Program and then with GEEnergy by completing a two-year financial management training program. He also worked in the real estate groups of several law firms, assisting clients in the areas of commercial real estate development, real estate finance and commercial leasing. Most recently, he served as an assistant general counsel with Nationwide Realty Investors, Ltd. providing strategic legal and strategic guidance, analysis and management of various projects within NRI’s real estate portfolio. Ian earned a B.B.A. from Morehouse College, cum laude, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.


Conference Location

401 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Tel: (614) 384-8600