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Where The Deals Are - Part 1

In a pair of fireside chats, attendees will hear from leading investors and entrepreneurs about what deal flow looks like in Missouri and beyond — including an inside look at the booming medical cannabis market.


Michael Marzec
Chief Strategy Officer
Smart Business Network

Michael is Managing Partner and Chief Strategy Officer of Smart Business Network, a national media and conference business serving CEOs and owners of middle market companies. Michael applies more than 25 years of media and marketing experience to guide the company’s content and user experience efforts for Smart Business magazine, custom publishing clients and Smart Business Dealmakers, a leading M&A education and networking organization. He holds an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from Columbia College of Columbia University.


Rick Holton
Managing Director
FINTOP Capital

Rick is a managing director at FINTOP Capital and has served in venture capital as a general partner in the tech, life sciences, and fintech sectors. He founded Holton Capital Group, a family office that invests in early stage technology and life science companies, and later-stage private equity buyouts and real estate. He serves on the boards of Anchor Packaging, Arch Design, BridgeFT, CoverCress, SMArtX, the Olin Alumni Board and YPO St. Louis.

Keith S. Harbison
Alitus Partners

Keith was founder, chairman and pesident of Pretium Packaging, growing it into one of the largest plastic bottle manufacturers in North America. After selling it, he founded Alitus Partners, which provides small business owners with the capital and operating expertise to enhance growth and support infrastructure development. Alitus has a long-term strategy and invests in control positions in lower middle-market businesses involved in manufacturing, processing, industrial services and business services.

Conference Location

1 S. Broadway
St.Louis, MO 63102
Tel: (314) 421-1776