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Session E

The Case for Strategic Acquisitions

Presented By: Anders CPAs + Advisors

The rush to buy companies and add revenue as quickly as possible led to a frenzied buy-side market and record high multiples for sellers. But times have changed. Today, corporate acquirers and private equity firms are focused on more intentional buy-side deals. Join a panel of serial acquirers and M&A advisors as they break down the key elements to alignment when looking at acquisitions and why the fundamentals have become that much more important for long-term sustainable growth. 


Missy Kelley
Chief Growth Officer
Anders CPAs + Advisors

Missy is a seasoned professional with over 22 years of experience in strategic growth roles within Fortune 500 companies in the consumer-packaged goods and pharmacy benefits management sectors. Her expertise lies in driving innovation, market expansion and strategic planning. Missy’s strategic insights and leadership capabilities have been instrumental in creating lasting impacts on both the corporate and public sectors. Her unique blend of corporate experience and non-profit leadership has enabled her to approach challenges holistically, fostering innovation and growth across different contexts. Missy holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, a B.A. in Psychology from Truman State University, and was named to the 2018 Class of Most Influential Business Women by the St. Louis Business Journal.


Chris Parcell
Sunstar Insurance Group

Chris Parcell is the Chief Financial Officer of Sunstar Insurance Group and a member of the Sunstar Insurance Group Executive Committee.

He has over 25 years of finance and accounting experience serving companies in both publicly traded and privately held companies.

He received his BBA in Accounting from James Madison University and is a Missouri-licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).


John True
General Partner
Cultivation Capital

John currently serves as a General Partner at Cultivation Capital and a Director for several venture and private equity backed technology companies. John’s most recent operational experience was the SVP Field Operations at Guidewire, the leading Insuretech software firm entering the public markets in 2012. In the 20 years prior to Guidewire, John held executive sales and general management positions at four category defining technology companies: Fortify (HP), Equallogic (Dell), Ariba (SAP), and PTC.


Pete Villhard
Managing Partner
ArchStar Capital, LLC

Pete is a Managing Partner of ArchStar Capital and has 25+ years of Private Equity experience. Before starting ArchStar, Pete was a Managing Director at Thompson Street Capital Partners, the Director of Business Development at Builders FirstSource, and a consultant with Bain & Company. Pete attended the MBA program at Washington University as a Woods Scholar.


Conference Location

36 Forest Club Drive
Clarkson Valley, MO 63005
Tel: (636) 227-5030