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Session 9

Dealmakers Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Congratulations to the 2023 Dealmakers Hall of Fame Honorees!


Kyle Chapman

As Barry-Wehmiller’s President, Kyle Chapman joins his father, Chairman and CEO Bob Chapman, in leading the $3.3B diversified global supplier of highly engineered capital equipment and consulting and professional services. He also sits on its Board of Directors.

Chapman has 20-plus years of private equity and operating experience, including at Bank of America, where he completed $300 million in transactions across various industries. His strategic finance and M&A expertise help inform his disciplined approach to fostering a vibrant organization.

Chapman joined Barry-Wehmiller in 2009 when he co-founded BW Forsyth Partners, its $600 million-plus investment arm that blends a legacy of value creation and people-centric culture development with the best private-equity strategies. He was also financial advisor and Interim Chief Financial Officer before becoming President in 2020.

Chapman has a Bachelor of Science from the McIntire School of Commerce at UVA. He is active on the boards of Fund KIPP St. Louis and Commerce Bancshares.

Maxine Clark
Build-A-Bear Workshop | Clark-Fox Family Foundation

Maxine is the Founder of Build-A-Bear Workshop®, a teddy-bear themed retail-entertainment experience. Founded in 1997, today there are over 400 Build-A-Bear Workshop stores worldwide and nearly 200 million stuffed animals have been sold. Her latest venture is the Delmar DivINe™—the transformation of a neighborhood eyesore, the historic St. Luke’s Hospital, into a multi-use real estate development to open in 2021.

Jim Eberlin
Founder & CEO
TopOPPS, Gainsight and Host Analytics (Planful)

Jim Eberlin founded and exited three leading tech companies including TopOPPS (acquired by Xactly), Gainsight (acquired by Vista Equity Partners for $1.1B) and Planful (acquired by Vector Capital). All three companies currently have a combined 1,500+ employees. Now serving the St. Louis tech startup community through Arch Grants, OPO Startups foundation, angel investment and as a mentor of tech founders.

Tom Hillman
Managing Partner
Lewis & Clark Holdings

Tom has been involved with private business enterprises over the course of his career, during which time he’s owned more than 60 companies in a wide variety of industries. He is Managing Partner of the Lewis & Clark family of companies, which represents an assortment of investment platforms including private equity, real estate, agrifood/growth capital, and venture capital.

David Karandish

David Karandish is Founder & CEO of Capacity – an enterprise SaaS company headquartered in St. Louis, MO. Capacity is an AI-powered support automation platform that connects your entire tech stack to answer questions, automate repetitive support tasks, and build solutions to any business challenge.

Prior to starting Capacity, David was the CEO of Answers Corp. He and his business partner Chris Sims started the parent company of Answers in 2006 and sold it to a private equity firm in 2014 for $960m.

David sits on the boards of Create a Loop (a computer science education non-profit tackling the digital divide by teaching kids to code) and (a non-profit providing educational resources and strategic guidance about Artificial Intelligence to individuals, communities, and companies). David was also an early investor and board member at Nerdy (NYSE: NRDY), an on-demand, real-time learning platform in the ed tech space.

Conference Location

#1 Norwood Hills Country Club Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63121
Tel: (314) 521-0682